Last night, I participated in the annual demonstration against police brutality.
It is not surprising that with the lack of a true independent office of investigation into the work of police officers, the deaths of several citizens at the hands of police officers and the behaviour of intervention units during demonstrations, that social tensions between the community persist year after year and that people have been mobilizing for such an event for more than 20 years.
This year, the scandals in the SPVM leadership, the light sentence of 35 days suspension for an SQ police officer who broke the jaw of a young female student protester in Victoriaville and the death of black men at the hands of SPVM officers have significantly eroded public confidence in police officers.
Police brutality has no place in Quebec. The Green Party of Quebec supports better supervision of police officers. We need a true independent office of inquiry into the work of police officers and much harsher sentences to counter abuse. A progressive society can and should do better.
Let us enhance the value of policing by promoting better and longer training, more discipline and zero tolerance for abuse.
Leader of the Green Party of Quebec