Political policing in Montreal

”The creation of a new police squad meant to monitor anarchist and marginal political groups is raising serious questions about the politicization of the police in Montreal. At least four organizations have objected to the formation of the unit dubbed GAMMA, and two have filed official complaints with human rights and ethics commissions since the public became aware of the unit in May.”

The Montreal police claims that this new initiative is a way to fight against organize crime and to be able to monitor mafia and street gangs.

On the other hand, it is perceived by many , including many students association , as a way to fight against social and political movements and it hinders the right of peaceful to peaceful demonstration as explained below :

”GAMMA’s existence came to light last spring in an article published in the Journal de Montreal following the arrest of several activists in their homes in relation to two separate incidents. In response, two groups, the ASSE and the Coalition against Repression and Police Brutality (CRAP), filed complaints with the Quebec Human Rights Commission.”

” The complainants allege that GAMMA’s mandate contravenes Section 10 of the Quebec Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which protects the right to peaceful demonstration, without distinction based on race, religion or political conviction. In response to the complaints, the Montreal Police Service (SPVM) issued a statement proclaiming “full and unconditional support” for the Quebec and Canadian charters of rights and freedoms, but maintained police must act to prevent crime and maintain public order” 

“GAMMA’s existence came to light last spring in an article published in the Journal de Montreal following the arrest of several activists in their homes in relation to two separate incidents. In response, two groups, the ASSE and the Coalition against Repression and Police Brutality (CRAP), filed complaints with the Quebec Human Rights Commission.”

“The complainants allege that GAMMA’s mandate contravenes Section 10 of the Quebec Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which protects the right to peaceful demonstration, without distinction based on race, religion or political conviction. In response to the complaints, the Montreal Police Service (SPVM) issued a statement proclaiming “full and unconditional support” for the Quebec and Canadian charters of rights and freedoms, but maintained police must act to prevent crime and maintain public order. “

 

Taken from : http://www.dominionpaper.ca/articles/4236

 

Category: Police accountability / L'imputabilité de la police

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  1. Hello Sara, I was wondering if you could help me? I was looking for my beating when the SPVM beat me up in the middle of the streets during the Jazz Festival last summer. June 27th the cops attacked me jumped on my back all the way to the police station and then dening me water in my ceil. Thefact of the matter is that they have me on their radar because i have been complaining to the ethics commission. Since i believe they are over paid and under worked and refuse to do their jobs. My legal aid lawyer has no interest in defending me, and he’s made me a criminal. if you have any suggestions in helping me defend myself, because i am looking at three to five years for being beaten up by police.

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