First it was a shooting, then it was an "act of terrorism", then it was updated to just plain terrorism, without the quotes. As for the shooters, the information was just as misleading, first they were unidentified, then Muslim, then it was 1 Muslim and 1 Quebecer, and in the end it was just one Quebecer.
As if that wasn't bad enough, throughout the day, every news article I've seen was littered with racist comments. Especially the ones from TVA's Facebook page.
So instead of sitting there being appalled all by myself, I figured I'd share some of the worst ones I came across with you.
A fatal police shooting in CDN-NDG has the community reeling. The Quebec Coroner's Office has confirmed to MTL Blog that a 41-year-old man named Sheffield Matthews was shot and killed by SPVM officers in the early morning of Thursday, October 29.
Several reports, including a statement from the borough mayor, have identified Matthews as Black.
Preliminary information published by the Bureau des enquêtes indépendantes (BEI) on Thursday indicates that a call was made at around 5:50 a.m. to report a man "in a state of crisis." The police arrived at the scene and saw the man, who allegedly approached the car armed with a knife.
The information submitted to the BEI suggests that the officers remained in their patrol car until the man allegedly approached another car that had a driver in it.
When police then approached him, according to the account, he "allegedly ran towards the police, still in possession of a knife."
"The policemen then fired and fatally wounded him."
The BEI made clear at the time it released this preliminary information, however, that its investigators still needed to confirm it is "accurate."
The borough mayor of CDN-NDG condemned the shooting
Sue Montgomery, mayor of the Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce borough, condemned the shooting in a Facebook post.
Angered by the death of Matthews at the hands of police officers, Montgomery said that "the senseless killing of people of colour needs to end. Systemic racism is undeniable. It is present in the SPVM and in all facets of our society."
Montgomery underlined the need for the SPVM to improve its relations with the community and put the Plante administration on blast for the recent loss of a local police station.
"What we need is police accountability. The SPVM is accountable to the municipal council and to all Montrealers," she said.
"What we need is long-awaited action on combatting racial and social profiling. We need to end discriminatory street checks that target racialized people."
An investigation is ongoing
The BEI assigned eight investigators to the case. The bureau has also called upon the Sûreté du Québec as a "support force" during the investigations.
A detailed report from the coroner's office is also forthcoming.
The BEI is asking anyone who might've witnessed the event to file a report with its investigators.
It's the kind of headline you may think is a joke, but it's very real.
Two days ago a man named Ryon Edwards was bored, so he started a Facebook event called "Shoot At Hurricane Irma". But what started as a joke quickly gained attention, and soon there were 50,000 people attending the event.
So now, the Florida’s Pasco County Police actually had to issue a warning to residents asking them not to shoot guns at the hurricane. They even went on to explain that bullets “won’t make it turn around.”
Because that's apparently something people need to be told.
Not only that, but police are warning that shooting at the hurricane can actually be pretty dangerous. They even posted a Graphic explaining that if you shoot at a hurricane, the bullets can come back.
Pride Montreal tripled its security budget this year in light of the possibility of potential terrorist attacks, reports La Presse.
For example, concrete blocks on Saint Catherine St. (hidden inside sleek black boxes) were set up as a barrier to vehicles entering The Village.
The SPVM is quite aware of the possibility of a terrorist attack in Montreal and have been providing festival-organizers with strategies to prevent a vehicle-related attack.
When speaking to La Presse, the SPVM said it was confident current measures will be enough to respond to a potential terrorist attack.
Unfortunately, major Montreal events aren't getting any funding from the city for these extra security measures.
Since road-blocks and similar safety measures are being set up to protect citizens of Montreal, it does make sense that the municipal government would fit the bill, as some business leaders are pushing for.
But regardless of who's paying for it, rest a little easier knowing that Montreal is prepared for potential terrorist attack. I know I'll be having a happier Pride weekend with this in mind.
With so many terrorist attacks happening around the world lately, it's no surprise that the city of Montreal is a little nervous considering how many large public events are taking place in the city this summer.
That's why the Montreal Police has issued a document with recommendations and preventative measures to make the city's outdoor venues safer.
Last year in Nice a terrorist crashed a 19 tonne cargo truck into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, killing 86 peopleand injuring 434 others. Since then, there have been similar attack in London, Berlin, and Stockholm.
The police want the city to install large concrete blocks to protect pedestrian areas, which would eventually be replaced with retractable hydraulic poles.
The rest of the recommendations include avoiding metal fencing, implementing emergency evacuation plans, and installing some infrastructure to secure the sites.