Friday, September 12, 2008

Montreal Cops Involved In Teen's Shooting Moved To Desk Duty

From The Montreal Gazette:

MONTREAL - Montreal police have assigned the two officers involved in the shooting death of 18-year-old Fredy Villanueva to administrative duties, pending the results of an inquiry into the incident by the Surete du Quebec.

Montreal police said the reassignment could be prolonged after the inquiry if it's deemed necessary, but wouldn't offer any other details.

A Montreal police spokesman referred all other questions to the SQ, because the provincial police force is handling the inquiry into the fatal shooting in Montreal North on Aug. 9.

Villanueva's death sparked rioting the following night.

The SQ, however, referred the Montreal Gazette back to the Montreal police for answers.

"(The Montreal police brotherhood) is satisfied with the situation," the group's spokesman, Marin Viau, said. "Our point of view is that police officers, like all other workers or citizens, have the right to the presumption of innocence."

Viau said he doesn't think the reassignment makes the officers look guilty.

"We don't know yet what exactly their tasks will be in the coming weeks. At the moment, (the Montreal police) are doing it like this, and eventually, we'll see what happens."

The SQ couldn't say when the inquiry will finish.

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