The RCMP are apologizing for the code name used to describe its latest anti-Mafia bust in Quebec.
The force’s commanding officer in the province has written a letter to the National Congress of Italian Canadians Quebec chapter, apologizing for calling the sweep “Project Clemenza.”
The Italian group’s Quebec chapter complained in writing more than a week ago after receiving what it says was numerous complaints from the community about negative stereotyping of the Italian community by the police.
Police described the alleged criminal organizations in a release as being linked to Italian-based organized crime in Montreal.
The project code name refers to Peter Clemenza, a fictional character from the novel and movie “The Godfather,” which is the sweeping saga of an Italian crime family.
The RCMP has not made the apology public, but confirmed the existence of the letter. The community organization has released a copy.
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