Thursday, September 18, 2008

71 Arrested In Wake Of Mtl. North Riots

From Montreal Gazette:

MONTREAL - A total of 71 persons - 24 of them minors - were arrested in the wake of looting and rioting in north-end Montreal that followed the fatal shooting of an unarmed man by Montreal police, the Montreal Police Department has announced.

And more than half those arrests were carried out thanks to photos of the suspects taken by surveillance cameras during the rioting and then published on the Montreal police website and by local media.

A total of 37 men and 10 women were arrested, while only two of the 24 teenagers tracked down by police were female.

The rioting and pillage occurred overnight Aug. 10-11 in Montreal North and on the evening of Aug. 12 in Rivière des Prairies. The violence broke out after Montreal police shot and killed Fredy Villanueva, 18, while he and friends were in a Montreal North park.

The shooting remains under investigation by the Sûreté du Québec.

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