Video shows Montreal police officer pushing homeless man into concrete block; SPVM investigating
on April 30th, 2022
By Brittany Henriques Posted Apr 30, 2022, 3:07PM EDT. Last Updated Apr 30, 2022, 6:47PM EDT. A video (https://montreal.citynews.ca/video/2022/04/30/video-shows-montreal-police-officer-shoving-homeless-man/) of a Montreal police officer pushing a homeless man into a block of concrete has caused outrage online, with politicians and advocates calling the officer’s actions “unacceptable.” The 17-second video posted to TikTok on Thursday showed two officers intervening to remove the man from what appeared to be a small encampment in Montreal’s Chinatown.  Read More
SPVM investigation follows video appearing to show abuse by two Montreal police officers
on April 30th, 2022
The SPVM has launched an investigation into an incident, captured on video and circulating on social media today, appearing to show abuse by two Montreal police officers. The video shows a patrol officer shoving a Black man into a cement block. CBC is reporting that the incident occurred in Chinatown, between St-Urbain and Clark, around noon on Thursday.  Read More
'We need to humanize the police': Que. police association aims to improve public image with new campaign
on April 27th, 2022
In the face of repeated criticism against local and regional police forces, Quebec’s Police Chiefs' Association is taking on a new strategy in public outreach aimed at improving its image. “I think there’s a lack of love by the population towards the police officers,” said the association’s director Didier Deramond. As part of that campaign, the association has released the first of a series of videos depicting professional police work.  Read More
Montrealers to have a say in hiring next police chief
on April 20th, 2022
Montrealers to have a say in hiring next police chief “On the surface, I think this is a really good thing,” said Concordia professor Ted Rutland on Montreal holding public consultations ahead of hiring a new police chief. Brittany Henriques reports.  Read More
A New Initiative is Asking Montreal
on April 14th, 2022
Listen to the Red Coalition's founder, Joel DeBellefeuille on CJAD 800 discuss the RC Watchdog program with Newstalk Radio's Aaron Rand and Natasha Hall.  Read More
New initiative asks Montreal, Ottawa residents to film police interventions
on April 11th, 2022
By Dan Spector Global News Posted April 11, 2022 5:59 pm Updated April 11, 2022 8:17 pm A new initiative is encouraging people in Montreal and Ottawa to film police interventions. “Basically, we’re the neighbourhood watch for the police,” said Joel Debellefeuille, founder of the Red Coalition, a group that fights racism and discrimination. He’s encouraging people to take their phones out and hit record when police show up, and send the videos to the new Red Coalition Watchdog Program. The goal, Debellefeuille said, is to compile images of officers breaching peoples’ rights and to add them to a database.  Read More
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