SPVM failed to alert ethics commissioner about alleged misconduct involving Indigenous people

Quebec's Police Ethics Commissioner says he was surprised to hear about an incident in 2016 in which Sûreté du Québec officers in Val-d'Or "smiled or laughed" when an Indigenous woman in their custody fell face first while in handcuffs.

The commissioner, Marc-André Dowd, investigates allegations of improper police behaviour in the province. He also has the power to send cases to a disciplinary committee when necessary.

The Val-d'Or incident happened in June 2016, just months after explosive allegations that provincial police were mistreating and abusing Indigenous women rocked the northwestern city, more than 500 kilometres from Montreal, and Quebec as a whole.


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