The opposition party Ensemble Montreal demands that the director of the Police Department of the City of Montreal, Sylvain Caron, be accountable to municipal officials and citizens in the Camara case.
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“When there is an injustice, we are entitled to ask for an explanation, insists the leader of the official opposition, Lionel Perez. Mr. Caron referred to an information session [avec les médias]. We don’t want a public relations exercise. We want an instance where the SPVM [Service de police de la Ville de Montréal] will set the record straight for elected officials and the population. “
His party will therefore ask the next municipal council that Sylvain Caron be summoned before the Public Security Commission to explain what led to the arrest, detention for six days and the indictment of Mamadi III Fara Camara, while he was innocent.
According to Mr. Perez, this process is the “civilian” complement to the investigation which has just been launched by the government of Quebec and which “is more judicial”.
During the meetings of the municipal commission, the elected representatives of the Island of Montreal can ask questions directly to the chief of police, but also to any citizen.
“Public confidence has been shaken,” says Perez. It is very important that the population can ask questions without filter to restore the lack of transparency in this matter. “
On the side of Mayor Valérie Plante, we are not closed to the Commission looking into the Camara affair, but we first want the Quebec investigation to take its course.
“The Public Security Commission cannot replace the independent inquiry, which does not have the same powers. At the end of the investigation, the Commission may, if it deems it relevant, hold a working session on the subject, ”indicates the mayor’s director of communications, Youssef Amane.
But for the opposition, “time is running out”.
“Every day that passes increases the public’s lack of confidence in the SPVM,” says Mr. Perez. When the SPVM loses legitimacy, everyone loses. “