A former Hamilton resident is making unexpected headlines in Atlantic Canada.
Louizandre Dauphin, a former high school teacher in Hamilton, was driving home in Bathurst, New Brunswick when an RCMP officer pulled him over on July 7.
Dauphin is the city’s director of parks, recreation and tourism.
He says the officer was “kind and respectful,” and the cop told him residents had reported a “suspicious black man” parked in a white car.
Dauphin was parked in his white car, reading a book at the time.
He says he’s been stopped by police in “various locations,” including Hamilton.
Dauphin says he has received supportive calls and messages from people across the country, and hopes the experience will add to the conversation about race relations.
Hamilton activist Evelyn Myrie says this story points out why Canadians shouldn’t be feeling smug when comparing race relations to the States.
She says there’s more work to do, including here in Hamilton.
Myrie says that effort will be supported this fall by the announcement of the African Canada Action Congress aimed at creating a dialogue with Hamilton Police and other groups.
(with files from Global News and Canadian Press)