Four years later, still no court decision on private Villanueva complaint against police

In August it will be 10 years since Fredy Villanueva was shot and killed by a police officer in a park in Montreal North.

It will also be four years since a friend of the Villanueva family lodged a private criminal complaint against that officer, Jean-Loup Lapointe, after the Crown decided in December 2008 not to lay charges. But the Court of Quebec has yet to decide whether that complaint should go forward.

Frustrated by the wait, the friend, Alexandre Popovic, has submitted a motion for a writ of mandamus — meaning literally “we command” — urging the Quebec Superior Court to compel the lower court to make a decision.