SPVM : a coalition requires the end of the tear gas and taken to bottlenecks

SPVM : une coalition exige la fin du gaz lacrymogène et des prises d'étranglement

Montreal is expected to prevent its police officers to use tear gas and taken to bottlenecks, like other cities around the world, according to a coalition citizen.

“We want the City agrees immediately to ban the use of tear gas”, demanded Tiffany Callender, of the Association of the black Community of Côte-des-Neiges.

In the United States, police officers from several cities, including Seattle, Portland or even Dallas, have been temporarily suspend the right to use tear gas.

According to the members of the coalition, the use of tear gas would be not only dangerous to health but also a threat against the democracy, since it is often made in the context of demonstrations.


The technical bottlenecks, which allows you to control someone by putting an arm around his neck and applying pressure, is also to be avoided, according to the coalition.

The members said that this technique is too dangerous. France has recently banned this practice, which is also banned in several american cities, including New York, Minneapolis, San Diego or Denver

The coalition, composed of several agencies, as well as a city councillor independent Marvin Rotrand, was formed last October with the unveiling of a study that indicated that people racialized themselves were more challenged by the police officers of the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) as the rest of the population.

This issue has gained more and more space on the public stage in recent weeks, following the death of the Afro-American George Floyd in the hands of a police officer of Minneapolis.

The SPVM has recognized, the 15 June last, the existence of the concept of systemic racism in society, but not within the SPVM.

Safe practices

For its part, the POLICE categorically reject the abolition of these two practices, on the grounds that they ensure the safety of the public while significantly reducing the risk of injury.

The control by the neckline (the name used by the SPVM for the intake throttling), remains “a technique [that] allows you to control a suspect with a risk greatly reduces injuries”, if it is applied properly, referred to the division of media relations of the SPVM.

For the tear gas, the POLICE ensures that they minimize significantly the risk of injury both to the demonstrators or the police, as the alternative to irritating chemical would be a greater use of the stick and loads the body-to-body.

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