Archive for the 'Quebec' Category

CANADA / QUEBEC – Montreal: Man Tasered at Islamic centre in vandalism stakeout (2014-05-20)

Posted on May 20 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Police are quick to report this “appropriate” use of a taser … : They say they tasered an unnamed 47-year-old man, who claimed to be related to an extremist organization, early Tuesday after he pulled a sabre on them and uttered death threats to the police. He was arrested after a […]

CANADA / QUEBEC – Un coroner réclame plus de pistolets électriques pour les policiers [Coroner calls for arming more police with tasers] (2014-02-06)

Posted on February 6 2014 by admin

[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Quebec coroner Dr Jean Brochu hascommented on tasers, following his inquiry into the shooting death of Mario Hamel and an innocent bystander in 2011. Now he calls for more police to be armed with tasers and more tasers rolled out – while also calling for more training of police for handling the […]

CANADA / QUEBEC – Montreal: Le Taser l’aurait sauvé… [The taser would have saved his life … ] (2014-02-05)

Posted on February 5 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A professor of criminology argues the shooting-death of Antoine Magloire could have been avoided if the police had had access to tasers. The police were under serious threat, perceived to be life-threatening. A Quebec coroner has called for more tasers, the shooting-death of Patrick Limoges in 2012, incidents in Toronto – […]

CANADA / QUEBEC – Just 150 of Montreal’s 4,500 cops have Taser training (2014-02-04)

Posted on February 4 2014 by admin

[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Following an article in La Presse, a call is made for arming more Montreal police with tasers: “Only 150” of them are currently trained to use Tasers. This follows the death of Alain Magloire, 42, who was gunned down Monday morning after brandishing a hammer. Mario Hamel, a psychiatric patient, was also […]

CANADA / QUEBEC – Montreal: Taser ou 9 mm ? [The taser or a 9 mm. gun?] (2014-02-04)

Posted on February 4 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : Following the death from shooting of a homeless man in Montreal, the man threatening police with a hammer, was shot and killed. His life might have been saved if tasers had arrived in time … ]] Journal de Montréal, by François Doré Un autre événement se solde par la mort tragique […]

CANADA / QUEBEC – Hammer-wielding man killed during police intervention in downtown Montreal (2014-02-03)

Posted on February 3 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Disturbed man shot – Were police waiting for taser?  (Initial report)-  man wielding a hammer near Montreal’s main downtown bus station was fatally shot on Monday after he apparently refused to surrender, police say. Seven police-officers intervened and were taken to hospital and treated for shock. This is now being investigated by […]

CANADA / QUEBEC –Police shoot, kill hammer-wielding man in downtown Montreal (2014-02-03)

Posted on February 3 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A man holding a hammer and threatening the police was shot and killed by the Montreal police. The investigation has been handed to the Provincial Police. Police reportedly called for a taser, but this hasn’t been confirmed.]] Globe and Mail A man wielding a hammer near Montreal’s main downtown bus station was […]

CANADA/QUEBEC – Montréal Police Kill Donald Ménard: Taser death speaks to increasing violence against society’s marginalized (2103-12-09)

Posted on December 9 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: The Montreal-based “Coalition to Oppose Police Brutality” (COPB) protests against the death of Donald Ménard on November 11 2013 after he was tasered in a rooming house in Montreal. Police “could not subdue” Ménard, reports CBC, “so they tried with physical force, afterward they graduated to pepper spray, that didn’t work, then […]

CANADA / QUEBEC – Montreal: Donald Ménard, 41, dies after officers resort to Taser (2013-11-12)

Posted on November 12 2013 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS : The comment of  “Patrick Bolland” (owner of the site “”) is misinterpreted but the case remains enigmatic: Why did the Montreal police taser  41-year-old Donald Ménard? Why did he die? A 34th Canadian death following the use of a taser. Should we worry? – Yes!, says  Patrick Bolland!)) cbc, Montreal A […]

CANADA / QUEBEC- L’homme mort aux mains des policiers de Montréal était un évadé de Pinel [Man dies after police intervention – he had escaped from Pinel Psychiatric Institute the day before] (2013-11-12)

Posted on November 12 2013 by admin

[[ SUMMARY / COMMENTS : (VIDEO here – eye-witnesses … “He was tasered 15 or so times”, says one, but this may not be so) Donald Ménard, 41, who died after he was tasered by the Montreal police on 10 November (taser use still formally to be confirmed) is reported to have disappeared from Pinel […]

CANADA / QUEBEC – Montréal : Mort après avoir reçu une décharge de Taser [Man dies after he is tasered] (2013-11-12)

Posted on November 12 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A man dies following the use of a taser by Montreal police. Police say they tried to control him other physical, with a baton and with Cayenne spray, but “he resisted with enormous energy”. Three policemen were struck. He was then tasered and already in medical distress when paramedics arrive. The […]

CANADA / QUEBEC – Montreal Man Tasered by Montreal police dies in hospital – Donald Ménard, 41, dies after officers resort to Taser (2013-11-13)

Posted on November 11 2013 by admin

[[Summary / Comments: 41-year-old Donald Ménard died following an altercation with police where a taser was reportedly deployed on Monday evening. Police responded to a call about a woman overdosing.  Somehow this became a struggle between the police and Mr Ménard, who was reported intoxicated.  There was a physical struggle, he was batoned, pepper-sprayed and […]

CANADA / QUEBEC – Le taser de plus en plus dégainé [The taser increasingly being used across Quebec] (2013-05-26)

Posted on May 26 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : According to figures released by the Provincial Police, Taser use by police in Quebec declined after 2008 but rose again in 2011-2012, although, the police say, now the taser is more often aimed (demonstration mode) than discharged; those tasered automatically received medical attention and it is now used to neutralize suspects […]

CANADA / QUEBEC – Coroner: ‘The Montreal police should have increased access to stun guns’ (2012-12-05)

Posted on December 5 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: As critics are increasingly demanding greater transparency in police use of force, the coroner of a double police-shooting (both the suspect and an innocent bystander were killed) calls for increased police access to tasers. Absurdly, the coroner says: “Let’s face the facts that in this case a Taser gun would have done […]

CANADA / QUEBEC – Coroner says Montreal police should carry more stun guns [following two police shooting-deaths] (2012-12-05)

Posted on December 5 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: This story adds an element to the other posts on the coroner’s report on the Montreal shooting – no taser involved – death of very-disturbed Mario Hamel (shot in the back) and the death of a bystander, Patrick Limoges, from a ricocheting bullet. At the time of the incident, Montreal police had […]

QUEBEC – Dépôt des rapports d’investigation du coroner sur les décès de MM. Patrick Limoges et Mario Hamel [Coroner’s reports on the deaths of Patrick Limoges and Mario Hamel are published] (2012-12-05)

Posted on December 5 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A four-page press-release (in French only) – not actually the coroner’s reports – is issued concerning the shooting deaths of Patrick Limoges and Mario Hamel . The police had clearly over-reacted to Mr Hamel who was in psychiatric distress (and a passer-by, Mr Limoges, was killed by a ricocheting bullet). One of […]

CANADA / QUEBEC – Coroner to recommend more police Tasers: report (2012-12-04)

Posted on December 4 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: In a surprising and irrational jump of logic, the coroner in a double-shooting death says it would be better to expand taser use by the Montreal police. First, the man was in clear psychiatric distress and then “the use of a Taser would prevent injuries or deaths from ricocheting bullets” – so […]

CANADA / QUEBEC – “Le Taser: arme mortelle / The taser: a deadly weapon” (2012-10-18)

Posted on October 18 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: (English version follows French) – Press release in French and English from the major Black Coalition of Quebec to recognize the five years since Quilem Registre was tasered and died in Montreal (19 October 2007). The police are gaining increased access to tasers. Basically nothing has been done to improve policing in […]

CANADA / QUEBEC – Two Montreal officers suspended following taser death (2012-02-14)

Posted on February 14 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Is this justice? How are police sanctioned if they kill with the taser and are found to have acted out-of-regulations? Quilem Registre died when tasered six times …; The Montreal police (SPVM)  ethics committee – police judging police – has ordered Montreal City Constable Yannick Bordeleau to be suspended for 20 days […]

CANADA / QUEBEC – Montreal cops investigating more police brutality allegations [5- & 20- days suspension for multiple tasering leading to death of Quilem Registre] (2012-02-05)

Posted on February 5 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS:The two officers involved in the multiple tasering of Quilem Resistre followed by his death in 2007 were found by the Police Ethics Committee – all police officers – to have acted unethically. Their sentence: 20 days suspension for the taser-firer and 5 days for his partner. Reflecting the “severity” of the misconduct, […]