UPDATE: Longueuil police reported Thursday night that the three missing people have been found "safe and sound" in Hammond, Ontario.
They're meeting with investigators who will try to "establish more precisely the circumstances of the event."
RETROUV\u00c9ES\nLa m\u00e8re et ses filles ont \u00e9t\u00e9 retrouv\u00e9es saines et sauves en Ontario.\n\nhttps://www.facebook.com/PoliceSpal\u00a0pic.twitter.com/tlePqkgYED
— Police de Longueuil (@Police de Longueuil)
EARLIER: A Longueuil mother and her two daughters are missing, and police are attempting to find them.
According to the Longueuil police service (SPAL), Claudine Runanika Kajabika, 48, and her 8-year-old twins, Florence Kajabika and Florentine Kajabika, were reported missing on November 9. Police say their family is worried.
"They may be travelling by public transit and could be somewhere between Quebec and Manitoba," according to SPAL.
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A video showing a forceful intervention in Quebéc City went viral on social networks over the weekend. Following the shock and outrage caused by the video, the Service de police de la Ville de Québec indicated on November 27 that an investigation is underway.
"The SPVQ has been made aware of videos circulating on social networks involving police officers who would have intervened in a manner that is of great concern to the management of the police department, on the night of November 26 to 27, 2021," police said in a press release.
#intervention polici\u00e8re diffus\u00e9e sur les r\u00e9seaux sociaux|Enqu\u00eate exhaustive en cours suite aux images diffus\u00e9es sur les r\u00e9seaux sociaux impliquant des policiers du SPVQ| Pour plus de d\u00e9tails: https://bit.ly/3rexG16
— Service de police de la Ville de Qu\u00e9bec (@Service de police de la Ville de Qu\u00e9bec)
In a video shared on the Instagram account @wscquebec2, a police officer can be seen holding a Black person on the ground of a snowy road and the latter saying "let me go" in French. More police officers then enter the scene, and another person can later be seen being held down in a similar forceful manner.
MTL Blog reached out to @wscquebec2 to find out who originally took the video in the hopes of getting a comment from them about what they saw. This article will be updated once a response is received.
"As soon as it was brought to our attention, the SPVQ consulted the said videos and took action to take all necessary measures. The images were, among other things, immediately transmitted to the Directorate and its professional standards unit to be analyzed," the police service's release stated.
"A full investigation is currently underway to shed light on this event. At this time, the professional standards unit is in the process of identifying the officer(s) involved. Actions will be determined as soon as the analysis of the evidence is completed," continued the SPVQ.
Bonsoir tout le monde, depuis quelques heures, je vois circuler des vid\u00e9os sur les r\u00e9seaux sociaux qui me pr\u00e9occupent grandement.\n\nJe suis troubl\u00e9 par ces images qui circulent sur le web en regard d\u2019une intervention polici\u00e8re du SPVQ. \n\nLa lumi\u00e8re sera faite sur ces \u00e9v\u00e9nements.
Bruno Marchand, the mayor of Québec City, indicated that he was "troubled by these images circulating on the web regarding a police intervention by the SPVQ" and that "light will be shed on these events."
The Sécurité publique de la Ville de Québec's post on Facebook about the intervention had received over 170 comments and 30 shares at the time of writing this article.
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Police have found the body of Coralie Lessard, a 15-year-old girl who went missing in the Eastern Townships on November 20.
The Régie de Police de Memphrémagog confirmed the news in a press release on Thursday.
It said that at around 10:45 a.m., the Sûreté du Québec (SQ)'s search team had located Lessard's body in an isolated, wooded area about 1 kilometre west of where she was last seen by hunters on the afternoon she disappeared.
The cause of her death remains unknown, but police don't suspect foul play. A coroner's inquest is expected to provide more information.
Lessard was first reported missing when she did not return home after leaving her family's residence to go on a walk in the Omerville neighbourhood of Magog. Police said they, as well as immediate family, had reason to believe she was in danger.
The Police de Memphrémagog said in a post on Facebook that prior to her disappearance, "Coralie was in psychological distress and we had reason to believe she could take it out on herself."
Her disappearance led to more than four days of intensive searches by helicopter, ATV, dog, water vessel and drone. Around 200 people joined the search effort, scouring the 10-square-kilometre area between Route 112 in Omerville and the Magog River, according to police.
However, police announced they were concluding broad search efforts on Wednesday in exchange for less intense ones with specialized security personnel over the following few days.
"Out of respect for the family, no further details will be released regarding the circumstances surrounding the death," the Memphremagog police board said.
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As the holiday season approaches, so too do the drunken late-night parties and Quebec police are planning ahead to keep the roads safe from inebriated drivers.
In collaboration with the Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec and police forces across the province, the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) is launching an Opération Nationale Concertée (ONC) to ramp up interventions, checkpoints and random mandatory screening measures on the roads to detect people who may be driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Les services de police du Qu\u00e9bec, en collaboration avec la @SAAQ, intensifieront leurs interventions ciblant la capacit\u00e9 de conduite affaiblie, du 26 novembre 2021 au 3 janvier 2022, dans le cadre de l\u2019ONC Alcool-Drogueshttps://bit.ly/3FOlI2p
— S\u00fbret\u00e9 du Qu\u00e9bec (@S\u00fbret\u00e9 du Qu\u00e9bec)
According to a press release, the SQ will establish "roadside checkpoints throughout Quebec, day, evening and night."
"Throughout this ONC, an awareness campaign will be deployed, in particular on the various social media platforms. This campaign aims to remind drivers of the consequences of driving impaired by alcohol, drugs or a combination of the two."
The SQ says that from 2015 to 2019, drinking and driving contributed to an average of 85 deaths — 24% of annual deaths on Quebec roads — and 220 severe injuries a year. Narcotics were also detected in 37% of drivers who died on the roads over the same period, according to the police force.
Cannabis is the drug most often detected in these cases.
If you do not respect the law against impaired driving, you risk an immediate suspension of your driver's license for 24 hours or 90 days and the immediate seizure of your vehicle for 30 days.
The police operation begins on November 26, 2021, and will continue until January 3, 2022.
The Sûreté du Québec says it caught a Quebec man going 110 km/h over the speed limit in a construction zone in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.
The provincial police force told MTL Blog that the driver was "performing several dangerous manoeuvres while speeding on Route 104 in the Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu sector. The driver was travelling at 160 km/h in a 50 km/h work zone."
SQ officers stopped the vehicle shortly after midnight on Wednesday morning.
Police fined the driver, a 54-year-old man, $1,988 and issued 24 demerit points for speeding.
"He also received a $1,550 ticket with 4 demerit points for committing a life-threatening act," an SQ spokesperson said.
The man had his license suspended for a week, according to the SQ.
In Quebec, a license is suspended when the number of demerit points attached to it exceeds a threshold determined by the holder's age.
The threshold for someone aged 25 or older with a regular driver's license is 15 demerit points, according to the SAAQ.
Demerit points stay on your driving record for two years.
The SAAQ says authorities will impound your vehicle for 30 days for a second offence of excessive speeding in a zone of 60 km/h or less. This was not the case in this incident.
Earlier this month, a driver in the town of Cap-Santé was slammed with a $1,238 speeding ticket for going 63 km/h over the posted speed limit. Coincidentally, that driver was also a 54-year-old man.
The Sûreté du Québec says speeding is one of the main causes of fatal car accidents.
Stay safe on those roads, folks!
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