Investigation Of Alleged Abuses By Quebec Police To Have Woman Observer

Brenda Michel of the Innu community of Mingan holds a sign at a press conference of Quebec First Nations chiefs who met in Val-d'Or north of Montreal Tuesday, October 27, 2015. They want an independent inquiry into allegations that Sûreté du Québec officers have sexually and physically abused Algonquin women while on duty. And they're demanding that the newly-elected federal Liberal government make haste on its promise to call a national inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women. JOHN KENNEY / MONTREAL GAZETTE

Brenda Michel of the Innu community of Mingan holds a sign at a press conference of Quebec First Nations chiefs who met in Val-d’Or north of Montreal Tuesday, October 27, 2015. JOHN KENNEY / MONTREAL GAZETTE

The Canadian Press

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard says a woman will be named the independent observer of an investigation into alleged police abuse of aboriginal women.

Couillard told reporters today that he’s narrowed down the list of possibilities to two or three people and hopes to announce the appointment soon.

Eight Quebec provincial police officers have been suspended amid allegations of assault, sexual misconduct and other abuses of power against aboriginal women.

The alleged incidents are reported to have occurred in the northwestern Quebec town of Val d’Or over several years and were the subject of a Radio-Canada investigative report.

Montreal police have been tasked with investigating the allegations.

Couillard is scheduled to meet with the chief of the Assembly of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador on Wednesday in Montreal to discuss the allegations.

http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/investigation-of-alleged-abuses-by-quebec-police-to-have-woman-observer

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