Almost two months after the death of her son shot by police officers from Repentigny, Marie-Mireille Bence announces that she will soon file a complaint of systemic racism with the Commission des droits de la personne and another in police ethics against the agents involved. .
Ms. Bence wants to move forward because she accuses the Police Department of the City of Repentigny (SPVR) and the Independent Investigations Office (BEI) for a lack of communication and transparency.
“Justice owes me this right to information and transparency. I would like to know in all this: why was my son murdered with three bullets in his stomach? », She commented at a press conference on Sunday morning.
His son Jean René Junior Olivier, a 37-year-old black man, died during a police intervention in a residential area of Repentigny last August.
Ms Bence had called emergency services due to her son’s condition. Following the event, the BEI opened an investigation into the work of the police. According to the Bureau, SPVR agents responded to a call about “a confused and disorganized person armed with a knife” who was said to be threatening to the police. After trying to reason with him, they then allegedly fired several shots in his direction and killed him.
The director-general of the Center for Research-Action on Race Relations (CRARR), Fo Niemi, says the family does not have too much faith in the BEI’s investigation. “Until now, there is not a lot of information circulating. She does not even know the name of the police officers involved, ”he explained.
CRARR will support Ms. Bence in her efforts.
The preparation of the two complaints comes at the time when the SPVR made public its action plan to become “a truly inclusive service”. This document, however, was poorly received by the city’s black community.
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