Quebec Is Launching An Investigation Into The Wrongful Arrest Of Mamadi Camara

Deputy Premier and Minister of Public Security Geneviève Guilbault has confirmed that Quebec will hold an investigation into the wrongful arrest of Mamadi Camara

Guilbault has recommended to a council of ministers that "the Honourable Justice Louis Dionne be given the mandate to conduct an inquiry into the SPVM."

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The confidence of our citizens in our police and judicial institutions is at stake.

Geneviève Guilbault

Camara was arrested on January 28 after a Montreal police officer was attacked.

On February 3, the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions ruled that Camara was innocent. He was released after six days.

A few days later, SPVM police chief Sylvain Caron publicly apologized to Camara.

A public and political outcry followed, with leaders, including Mayor Valérie Plante, demanding an investigation into the incident.

Justice Louis Dionne will validate "the relevance of the actions taken by police officers based on the legal framework and recognized practices in this area" and be able to recommend "concrete measures to be implemented in order to prevent such a situation from reoccurring."

"He will be able to help us better understand the events, identify the difficulties that may arise in this type of investigation, and above all, if need be, find concrete solutions to correct the shortcomings," said Guilbault. 

The results of the report will be made public "in whole or in part, insofar as it is possible to do so without prejudice to a police investigation or possible legal proceedings."

Dionne will begin his investigation on February 22.