Montreal Police Officers Still Continue To Kill — With Impunity

Montreal Police Officers Still Continue To Kill — With Impunity

By N Oji Mzilikazi

24 November 2014

On November 11, 1987, Constable Allan Gosset shot and killed 19-year-old Anthony Griffin in the parking lot of Station 15 police station— upon his fleeing the police cruiser. The Black teen was unarmed.

As informed by the Augustus v. Gosset court transcript, Griffin was ordered to stop by Constable Gosset, and threatened with being shot. “Anthony immediately stopped and turned to face the respondent Gosset, shifting his weight from foot to foot; he did not stand perfectly still…At that instant, a gunshot hit Anthony in the head.”

Gosset blamed his killing of Griffin on the accidental firing of his gun…

 

 

Reading Police, Police Unions The Riot Act

Reading Police, Police Unions The Riot Act

Coddled for too long

By N Oji Mzilikazi

Originally published in the Montreal Community Contact Volume 23, Number 06 March 21, 2013

When I saw Yves Francoeur, head of the Montreal Police Brotherhood on television last week calling for the firing of city manager Guy Hébert, over a report that Hébert tried to get Montreal Police Chief Marc Parent fired, and for independence between police work and politics, I had to laugh – at the irony, his brazenness, the duplicity, the underlying politics, the idiocy.

And had flashbacks to Yves Prud’homme, a former head of the Montreal police brotherhood, who called for the removal of Police Chief Alain Saint-Germain. Also Mike McCormack, president of the Toronto Police Association (union), who called for the resignation of Sid Ryan, president of the Ontario Federation of Labour…