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A Quebec police officer is suspected of criminal misconduct for his involvement in two muscular interventions publicized last week.
“Following elements collected during the last days, we confirm that in two separate events, the investigators of the Module of professional standards have reasonable grounds to believe that a criminal offense would have been committed by a police officer ”, affirmed the Service de police de la Ville de Québec (SPVQ) Monday morning, in a press release.
These new facts were notified to the Ministry of Public Security (MSP), headed by Geneviève Guilbault. “Considering the exceptional nature of the events and after discussion with the MSP, it was agreed to transfer these two separate investigations to the Independent Investigations Office”, declared the SPVQ. & Nbsp; & nbsp;
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The allegations relate to two events which have in common that a police officer forcefully pushing a suspect. The first would have taken place on October 17 in the District Saint-Joseph, during which videos show a police officer violently throwing a man against a wall. The man split his head and suffered a concussion, according to the individual and his partner in the media.
The other event allegedly took place in the Grande-Allée and La Chevrotière sectors on November 20, 2021, the BEI reported. According to our information, this is where the amateur video was filmed where an agent can be heard saying to an individual “do you want me to gauze my ostia?” before pushing it against a patrol car.
According to what has been learned, the police officer who is the subject of the allegations has not been arrested and has not been the subject of any formal charges to date. He is one of five police officers who were suspended with pay following the vigorous arrests of two young blacks near the Dagobert on November 27, where he was therefore presumably present as well. He remains suspended with pay.
Bond of trust
Minister Geneviève Guilbault said she acted to ensure that “a strong bond of trust is maintained between our citizens and our police. ”
“The Quebec City Police Department conducted its internal investigation diligently, which led to it reporting allegations of possible criminal offenses to me. I therefore ask the Bureau of Independent Investigations to examine them, as provided for in the Police Act. I salute the speed and thoroughness with which the SPVQ has acted in this matter ”, she declared.
Neither the SPVQ nor the BEI have been able to specify the nature of the suspected criminal offenses. Investigators from the BEI, an independent entity sometimes nicknamed “the police force”, will visit Quebec. They will have to review the evidence gathered by their municipal colleagues, meet witnesses and draw their own conclusions.
Depending on the progress of the case, they could send their observations to the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions (DPCP), who could lay criminal charges, if he sees fit.
“If there are people who have not yet come forward for different reasons, we would definitely like to talk to them,” asked BEI spokesperson Guy Lapointe. These cookies can write to firstname.lastname@example.org.