The mayoress of Montreal, Valérie Plante, calls for the rapid holding of an independent investigation into the arrest of Mamadi Fara Camara, falsely accused of having disarmed and shot an SPVM police officer last week, in Parc-Extension.
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“He is an innocent man, it must be repeated loud and clear. Nobody wants there to be errors like this, ”said the mayor, during a press briefing in front of the town hall on Thursday.
The mayor does not rule out that the Montrealer may have been a victim of racial profiling. “Did the color of his skin play? […] It could be the case, ”she argued.
The director general of the Police Department of the City of Montreal (SPVM), Sylvain Caron, for his part categorically refuses to associate this file with a possible case of racial profiling. “Our investigators acted with diligence and professionalism in this story,” he said late Thursday at a press briefing.
Mr. Caron stressed that his police service would apologize to Mamadi Fara Camara at the “appropriate” time.
The head of the SPVM was also open to holding an independent investigation, if it does not harm the one already underway.
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The official opposition to Montreal City Hall goes so far as to question Mr. Caron’s skills.
“The question arises, the Montreal Public Security Commission will have to summon him [M. Caron] so that we can [les élus] have a clear and neat explanation, ”said Ensemble Montreal conductor Lionel Perez.
Mr. Perez also recalled Mr. Caron’s slowness when the time came to comment on the report on racism and discrimination in Montreal filed by the Office de consultation publique de Montréal (OCPM) last June.
In Quebec, the Minister of Justice, Simon Jolin-Barrette, does not rule out the possibility of appealing to the Bureau of Independent Investigations (BEI) to look into the event.