If my client was white and if his brother was white, would he have been stopped in the same way, with the same force?
According to the SPVM statement, police established that Basora "is not the wanted suspect and has no involvement with the event." But now Basora's legal representation, Fernando Belton, is arguing that his client was racially profiled.
The video shows the two officers approach Basora in front of his home.
The maskless officer asks him to come with them before both officers take him by the arms to a nearby police vehicle.
"As my client was entering his home, that's when the police officer came to him and said 'come with me now'," Me. Belton told MTL Blog.
"This was the first problem with the intervention — first, my client was at his home. Second, for no apparent reason, the police said 'I'll answer all your questions but collaborate with me.'"
The lawyer is now asking whether this officer stopped everyone who was wearing a red coat.
As for the officer's lack of face covering, the SPVM says that it "asks its personnel to wear it during their interventions," but claims that in "certain situations that require rapid and immediate intervention, this may not always be possible."
Me. Belton, however, argues that the officer "doesn't care" and put his client's life in danger.
"If my client wasn't wearing a mask, that police officer could've given him a ticket. It's himself that's breaking the laws that he's supposed to enforce," said Me. Belton.
Authorities have charged 36-year-old François Pelletier with first-degree murder following the stabbing death of Romane Bonnier, a 24-year-old Montreal woman, on Tuesday, October 19.
The SPVM told MTL Blog on October 20 that the victim and a then-unnamed suspect used to be roommates, but Audrey Roy Cloutier, spokesperson for the Directeur des poursuites criminelles et pénales (DPCP), could not confirm the nature of the relationship between Bonnier and Pelletier.
Cloutier explained, however, that a document detailing the nature of the charge states that the crime is suspected to have occurred "in the context of domestic violence."
On Tuesday, October 19, a 24-year-old Montreal woman was stabbed on rue Aylmer, near Milton, which is near McGill University.
SPVM spokesperson Véronique Dubuc told MTL Blog that there were "many witnesses" and police quickly arrived on the scene after receiving a 9-1-1 call about an altercation between a man and a woman on the street.
Witnesses were allegedly able to see the man stabbing the victim with a sharp object, as it was in broad daylight, taking place around 4:30 p.m.
When police arrived, the suspect was still on the scene and was arrested on the spot. The suspect is currently in custody.
The victim was transported to the hospital and was "severely injured on her upper body." At the hospital, she was declared dead.
According to Montreal police, the victim and suspect used to be roommates.
A 16-year-old was fatally stabbed in Montreal on Monday, police say.
SPVM spokesperson Julien Lévesque confirmed that police received a 9-1-1 call around 3 p.m. on Monday, in which they were informed that an individual had been "injured by a sharp object near a sports centre on Van Horne Avenue."
The incident took place in the Côte-Des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-De-Grâce borough.
Police say an altercation occurred involving a group of teens outside of Mile End high school, according to CBC News.
The victim was soon transferred to the hospital in a "critical state," where he ended up succumbing to his wounds.
Lévesque said this is the 25th homicide in Montreal this year.
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