(TODAY 2pm) Protest & Vigil: Justice for the Victims of Police Killings (métro Laurier, Montréal)

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Attention News Editors

Justice for Victims of Police Killings:
Annual Commemorative Gathering & Vigil (2016)

SATURDAY OCTOBER 22, 2pm
rendez-vous: 480 Gilford, Laurier metro (St-Joseph exit)
in front of the Fraternité des policiers et policières de Montréal
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Organized by the Justice for Victims of Police Killings Coalition comprised of the family, friends and allies of Anas Bennis, Claudio Castagnetta, Ben Matson, Jean-François Nadreau, Quilem Registre, Gladys Tolley, Fredy Villanueva & Brandon Maurice.
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The families of people killed by the police, along with their friends and their allies, are organizing the 7th annual commemorative vigil to remember those who have lost their lives at the hands of the police. These families, who face an uphill battle in uncovering the truth and obtaining justice for their loved ones, need our support.

The purpose of the vigil is to:
REMEMBER the victims who lost their lives to police violence and abuse;
and
SUPPORT their families in any way we can.

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This year, we denouce the creation of the the « independent » police investigation bureau that is made up of 14 out of 18 ex-police employees, and 11 former police officers. We are denounce the fact that nine people have lost their lives following police interventions in Quebec since the Bureau des Enquêtes Indépendantes (Bureau of so-called Independent Investigations, known as BEI) started being operational on June 27, 2016.  We denounce the killing of Bony Jean-Pierre by SPVM earlier this year, along with the killings of Black persons around the country, including the recent death of Abdirahman Abdi, beaten to death by police in Ottawa, and we support the movement for Black lives around the world and in Canada.

 

MEDIA CONTACT :

English :

Julie Matson (daughter of Ben Matson, killed by police in British Columbia ) : 514-649-7791

Bridget Tolley (daughter of Gladys Tolley, killed by SQ) : 819 441 4536

 

French :

Alex Popovic (representing Lillian Villanueva, mother of Fredy Villanueva, killed by SPVM:  438-931-5999