MONTREAL – the Two boroughs of Montreal have claimed on Monday night that the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) team its agents with hand-held cameras, in the wake of the intervention which has claimed the life of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
The boroughs of Pierrefonds-Roxboro and Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (CDN-NDG) have both passed motions to put pressure on the mayor of Montreal, Valerie Plant, in order that his party will go ahead with the imposition of the cameras for the police.
Recalling several deaths have occurred over recent years in the wake of intervention of the SPVM, including those of Alain Magloire, and Jean-Pierre Bony, the mayor is independent of the CDN-NDG, Sue Montgomery, said that the police violence is not a problem in the United States, but also in Montreal.
“The cameras and equipment provide evidence that are important to the citizens and the CPVM […]. They can encourage the citizens who feel they have been abused to denounce,” said Mrs. Montgomery in evoking a concrete way to “improve the public’s confidence in the police services” and to “make due to the SPVM and to act on the racial and social profiling”.
The solution also requires the establishment of a community police close to the people, has pleaded with the mayor in denouncing the closure of the police station of Notre-Dame-de-Grace, a subject of litigation with the city-centre.
For its part, the borough of Pierrefonds-Roxboro has noted that the number of arrests made by the POLICE rose by 143 % between 2014 and 2017, “while there has been no significant increase in the number of criminal incidents on the territory of montreal.”
The SPVM had already attempted an experiment by equipping 78 patrol camera for a year, between 2016 and 2017. The pilot project was later abandoned, most of the police officers claiming to have the feeling of being monitored and that their employer did not trust them. The majority of agents have also pointed out that the cameras made their interventions more “procedural”.
The two motions were passed in the aftermath of a huge demonstration to condemn racism and police violence that took place Sunday in Montreal. The latter, largely the pacific, has degenerated in the evening under the impetus of some thugs whose actions have been widely denounced and Monday.