Forty-One-Year-Old Man Killed by Sûreté du Québec (August 26, 2016)

A 41-year-old man was shot and killed by officers of the Québec provincial police, the Sûreté du Québec (SQ), on Friday, August 26, 2016. The killing took place in the town of St-Cyrille-de-Wendover, near Drummondville, about 115 kilometers northeast of Montréal after two SQ officers apparently responded to a call at approximately 9:45 PM. Police report that the man and a woman, who apparently were in a non-marital relationship, had supposedly argued over ownership of a cell phone. The woman was said to be in a neighbor’s house at the time police arrived. Police have also reported that when they arrived the man was holding a knife. Neighbors have reported hearing two shots fired. The woman’s eight-year-old daughter and father were also at the scene.

Six investigators with the Bureau des enquêtes indépendantes (BEI), the Bureau of Independent Investigators, which investigates incidents of police harm to civilians in Québec, are investigating the killing of the as yet unnamed victim. Notably, and alarmingly, the Montréal police department is also working on the investigation. This violate principles of independence and autonomy in investigations of police wrongdoing and once more involves police investigating police (or interfering with investigations of police).

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