The Bureau of Independent Investigations (BEI) on Tuesday opened a new investigation in Quebec in connection with a police intervention during which a fifty-year-old suffered serious injuries last summer.
The alleged facts date back to July 31, 2021, a little before 10 p.m. Preliminary information indicates that a call was made to 911 to report that a man on Cartier Street was asking passers-by to contact emergency services because he feared for his safety.
“A first police officer from the SPVQ would have arrived on site, and would have been involved in a physical altercation with the man in question. During the altercation, the 50-year-old was reportedly seriously injured. He would have been transported to the hospital where he would have received the appropriate care, ”said the BEI in a press release.
Not the same policeman
According to our information, although disturbing, this case differs in several respects from the four strong police interventions which took place this fall and which have surfaced in the last days, placing in turmoil the Police Department of the City of Quebec (SPVQ ).
In addition, the police officer involved is not the one who is suspected of having committed criminal offenses during controversial interventions that have attracted attention in the Saint-Joseph District and on Grande Allée.
Recall that on Monday, the BEI received from the office of the Minister of Public Security, Geneviève Guilbault, the mandate to shed light on these two criminal allegations.
Rather, the new independent investigation announced on Tuesday would stem from a report from the civilian involved, Bob Welch.
In interview with The newspaperMr. Welch says he felt unsafe after receiving a suspicious call at his home. He specifies that he lived in fear that a person who brutally assaulted him in his apartment a year and a half earlier would try to find him.
According to his account, the police officer “jumped on him” and “knocked him down”, even though it was he who called for help. He claims to have had broken ribs and a punctured lung. According to him, if he could appear agitated, it is because he was in a state of “great fear”.
The BEI was able to confirm that a police intervention took place on July 31 and determined from medical reports that the injuries suffered by the individual were serious enough to fall within his mandate. So far, no video of the scene has surfaced.
“Why did he pin me down? »Asks the man for his part, who believes that the force used was disproportionate. He maintains that he did not behave aggressively, even though he admits having had trouble with the law in the past, in particular for possession of substances and assault.
The SPVQ declined to comment due to the ongoing independent investigation.
– With the collaboration by Jérémy Bernier