5 Quebec City police officers suspended after violent treatment of black youths – archyde

Five Quebec City police officers were suspended outside a nightclub over the weekend as part of a “developing investigation” into a violent incident involving two young blacks outside a nightclub, police said Tuesday.

The officers were suspended from their posts with the Service de Police de la Ville de Québec (SPVQ) for payment.

The incident happened in front of the Dagobert nightclub on Grande-Allée-Straße early on Saturday morning. Videos of two different police operations were widely shared on social media.

The footage showed officers punching and kicking a young black boy while he was restrained on the ground. Another video showed a young black woman being dragged through the snow, her hair pulled at some point.

Quebec City Police force arrest black youths

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The young man arrested by police has since identified himself as 18-year-old Pacifique Niyokwizera. His lawyer Fernando Belton told Radio-Canada that he believed Niyokwizera was a victim of racial profiling and was considering suing the city.

Public Security Minister Geneviève Guilbault has asked Quebec Police Ethics Commissioner Marc-André Dowd to investigate the actions of the police officers involved.

Today, Guilbault said that while some elected officials and community leaders have requested an independent investigation, they believe Dowd is the best place to get to the bottom of what’s going on. The commissioner, she says, is an “independent, knowledgeable resource” who knows the rules of police conduct in Quebec.

“He can quote officials, ask them to appear before the ethics committee, and if he thinks there is something criminal behind it.” [what happened that night] he can transfer it to the BEI, for example, ”she said, referring to the office independent investigations, Quebec’s Police Watch Dog.

SPVQ spokeswoman Sandra Dion told CBC that the civil servants will be suspended for payment under the collective agreement and the duration of their suspension has not yet been determined.

The SPVQ says it is also launching a second internal investigation that same night into another intervention at a licensed facility in Sainte-Foy.

For more stories about the experiences of black Canadians – from racism against blacks to success stories within the black community – see Being Black in Canada, a CBC project that black Canadians can be proud of. You can read more stories here.



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