Monday, September 8, 2008

Tensions To Rise In Montreal North

From The McGill Daily:

Community one step further from justice with newly appointed crown prosecutor on Villanueva investigation, says activist

Thirty days after Montreal police shot and killed Freddy Villanueva in Montreal North, the details of the altercation and the investigation into the 18-year-old's death remain unclear.

François du Canal, a member of the Collective Opposed to Police Brutality (COBP), worried about François Brière’s appointment by the government as the Crown Prosecutor in the case.

In 2007, Brière presided over a police investigation in which Quilem Registre, a black Montreal North resident, was killed after he was struck with up to six shots from a taser after police said he hit three parked cars and acted intoxicated. Brière dismissed charges against police.

Since 1987, there have been 43 people killed by police in Montreal. In the same period, only four police teams have been charged of murder. In half the cases, the officers were acquitted.

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