CANADA / QUEBEC – 13,841 Montreal police overtime hours since riot over death of Fredy Villanueva (2008-09-24)

Published on September 24 2009 by admin


[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS The costs of “perceived police abuse”: Almost $1 million. That’s the preliminary price tag for the sharply increased police presence in Montreal North since the Aug. 10 riot sparked by the shooting death of Fredy Villanueva. According to a disclosure under the access-to-information law, Montreal police have racked up 13,841 overtime hours in that district in the month since a police officer shot Villanueva, 18, in a parking lot behind the Henri Bourassa Arena. The resulting overtime tab totalled $839,854, or $60.67 for each overtime hour, ]]

By The Gazette (Montreal) September 24, 2008

Almost $1 million. That’s the preliminary price tag for the sharply increased police presence in Montreal North since the Aug. 10 riot sparked by the shooting death of Fredy Villanueva. According to a disclosure under the access-to-information law, Montreal police have racked up 13,841 overtime hours in that district in the month since a police officer shot Villanueva, 18, in a parking lot behind the Henri Bourassa Arena. The resulting overtime tab totalled $839,854, or $60.67 for each overtime hour, according to information obtained by Radio-Canada. A further $100,000 was incurred for goods and services, Radio-Canada said, although police wouldn’t specify their nature. Also, an estimated $24,000 in damage was inflicted on ambulances, fire department vehicles and municipal property, pegging the total cost to taxpayers at $963,854. A Montreal police spokesperson said the force had no comment. The Sûreté du Québec is investigating Villanueva’s death.

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