A Quebec judge who investigated the wrongful arrest of Mamadi Camara by Montreal police has stated that racial profiling did not play a role in the events that led to his detention on January 28, 2021.
In a report released on September 3, Judge Louis Dionne stated that "as for racial profiling, we are of the opinion that, in the particular circumstances of this case, Mr. Camara was not subjected to differential treatment based on his race, colour or ethnic origin."
Camara was wrongfully accused of assaulting a police officer and was arrested on January 28. He was kept in detention for six days before he was exonerated of all charges on February 3.
While the investigation was ongoing, Camara, along with several members of his family, filed a lawsuit against the SPVM and prosecutors for damages amounting to $940,000 in July.
The judge was critical of the SPVM's Major Crime investigations team in his report, however, saying that it could have "put in place an investigation structure based on the one developed for the management of serious cases by the [Canadian Police College]."
"The establishment of such a structure would probably have ensured that Mr. Camara not to be detained until February 3, 2021," Dionne concluded.
In a statement, the City of Montreal said, "we welcome the SPVM's willingness to follow up quickly on the recommendations made by Judge Dionne in his report."
"As usual, the city will support the SPVM in its desire to apply the recommendations that will make the SPVM a police force that listens to the public and in which it can have confidence."
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One of Montreal's favourite taco joints, Tacos Frida, was robbed early on the morning of Saturday, September 25.
SPVM spokesperson Jean-Pierre Brabant told MTL Blog that a breaking and entering call was placed with the Montreal police around 4 a.m. that day.
And the taco spot wasn't shy to expose the person who did it on social media, as they decided to share a photo from the camera footage early that morning showing the robber's face.
MTL Blog spoke with the owner of Tacos Frida, Enrique Chan, who said, "a guy just broke one of the locks and emptied the cash register."
Chan believes around $300 was stolen during this incident.
Brabant explained that "Officers were called on-site concerning a breaking and entering. So far, we don't have any arrests but we've taken all the evidence and the camera footage, which was sent to investigators, so we'll see if we can identify the person who committed the break and entry."
For context, we can look at homicide rates from previous years. The following chart was compiled using Statistics Canada data.
The number of homicide victims over the past four years has been fairly consistent and works out to an average of 45.
Since it's September, we're around 3/4 — 75% — through the year. Using the average, we would expect there to be about 33 or 34 homicides by September, so 21 homicides is actually below what one might expect.
That said, anything can happen in a matter of months and monthly rates may vary.
The other thing we can consider is changes to Montreal's population from one year to the next. The homicide rate takes this into account, measuring the number of homicides per 100,000 people. However, the City of Montreal's most recent population count is from 2020 when it recorded 2,069,849 people.
In 2020, Montreal's homicide rate (0.97) was almost on par with that of St. John's, Newfoundland (0.96). Montreal's homicide rate was lower than that of Toronto (1.62), Vancouver (1.64), Calgary (2.53), and Edmonton (3.19). It was slightly higher than that of Ottawa (0.90).
The country's overall homicide rate in 2020 was 1.95.
Around 5 p.m. on Monday, a 51-year-old woman was turning into the parking lot of a polling station on Sunshine Street in Dollard-des-Ormeaux and ending up losing control of her car. As her car began to accelerate, she ended up hitting nine people who were waiting in line, SPVM spokesperson Manuel Couture confirmed with MTL Blog.
Of these nine people, there were three women, five men, and one 5-year-old child. All of them were transported to the hospital afterwards and police say there is no fear for any of their lives.
But, Couture explained that doctors are saying a 77-year-old woman who was hit during the accident could face complications because of her age.
At this time, police believe that the incident was not intentional. The woman's vehicle will be investigated in order to give police more explanation as to how this happened.
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