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Indigenous group files human rights complaint against Montreal police – Montreal Gazette

by ahnationtalk on May 20, 202029 Views

The Montreal police are facing a human-rights complaint after 17 officers and a canine unit descended on an Indigenous woman suffering from a mental health crisis.

Witnesses say the woman was contemplating suicide, that she threatened to cut herself with a broken bottle but that she also allowed an intervention worker to call an ambulance on the afternoon of May 3. Within minutes, police showed up en masse outside Cabot Square — a park on Atwater Ave. used as a gathering spot for Inuit.

One officer had a taser drawn and a police dog could be heard barking, which escalated tensions, according to the complaint filed by Quebec Native Women to the Quebec Human Rights Commission.

The Assembly of First Nations Quebec and Labrador is throwing its weight behind the complaint, alleging systemic discrimination by the police against Indigenous people.

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