Metropolis attack: the court finds fault on the part of the SQ and the SPVM | Metropolis attack

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Attack on the Metropolis: the court finds fault on the part of the SQ and the SPVM | Attack on the Metropolis

Sûreté du Québec bodyguards urgently escort Pauline Marois in the middle of her speech on the evening of September 4, 2012.

The four stage technicians who survived the attack on the Metropolis in Montreal won their case against the police who were responsible for security during this PQ rally.

In In a judgment rendered this week, Quebec Superior Court Judge Philippe Bélanger ordered that nearly $292,000 be awarded to Guillaume Parisien, Jonathan Dubé, Audrey Dulong-Bérubé and Gaël Ghiringhelli, an amount less than what x27;they asked.

Each of the plaintiffs was indeed claiming $175,000 in damages for post-traumatic stress disorder and other psychological after-effects caused by the tragedy. On the night of the Parti Québécois election in 2012, Richard Henry Bain assassinated Denis Blanchette and seriously injured Dave Courage, two friends and colleagues of the plaintiffs, all stage technicians.

The compensation must be paid on a joint and several basis by the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) and by the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM), for not having ensured a police presence or a security perimeter at the police station. back of the Métropolis on September 4, 2012.

The lawyer for the stage technicians insisted on stressing the importance of holding such a trial for its clients, even before the judgment is rendered. We have always treated them as simple witnesses, so we have never really validated the trauma they were experiencing [before the trial], explained Me Virginie Dufresne-Lemire, recalling that the procedures date back to 2015.< /p>

Pauline Marois and Yves Desgagnés will not comment

She also indicated that her clients do not' would not grant an interview until the time to appeal the judgment had expired.

Pauline Marois said she would not comment on the judgment, as did actor Yves Desgagnés, the host of the evening at the Métropolis, although he said to himself ” totally” in accordance with the judge's decision regarding the police disorganization during this evening.

In its conclusions, the court expresses its empathy and its best wishes to the victims so that they can rediscover the joy of living despite this horrible episode which deviated the course of their life and their capacity to be fully [happy].

The plaintiffs accused the police forces involved of having failed in their mission to ensure their safety by failing to put in place the measures and staff that would have prevented the attack.

The judge agreed with them by criticizing the police security plan, which was inadequate for such an event. The SPVM should have conducted a specific analysis of its workforce to be deployed outside the Metropolis.

For lack of communication and coordination in the deployment of their personnel, both the SQ and the SPVM failed in their obligation to ensure the safety of the public, in this case that of the plaintiffs, ruled the magistrate.

Richard Henry Bain was arrested the night of the attack. (Archives)

While the judge emphasized that he was in no way questioning the integrity, good faith and benevolence of the police officers in the performance of their duties that evening, he nevertheless concluded that the plaintiffs suffered from the poor coordination of the police forces in the implementation of their security plan.

It is this major flaw, according to him, which will have allowed Richard Henry Bain of killing stage technician Denis Blanchette, seriously injuring his colleague Dave Courage and lastingly traumatizing the four plaintiffs in this case.

“The absence of a police presence and a security perimeter behind the Metropolis was a major flaw in this security plan, which tragically benefited Richard Henry Bain. »

— Excerpt from the judgment of the Superior Court

The judge also strongly criticized the investigation report prepared by the SQ in January 2013, whose ;development was sloppy, according to him.

There is no doubt that this report does not constitute a real examination of conscience by the SQ in order to identify the best police practices that could have made it possible to avoid this tragedy, analyzed Judge Bélanger.

< p class="e-p">In addition, he did not accept the argument of the police services having pleaded the unpredictability of the lone wolf, Richard Henry Bain, in this attack which occurred in the Metropolis .

The risk was perhaps very low, as the SPVM and the SQ maintain, but they cannot maintain that it was completely unpredictable for police forces whose mission is to protect a major political event, perhaps we read in the judgment.

Threats had been made on social media against Ms. Marois on the day of the elections.

If the court assesses that there is no reason to reconsider the police investigation into them, the publication of these threats contributes to the already tense context in which this election evening was held and illustrates all the same a risk of violent behavior towards Ms. Marois, notes the judge.

We did not adapt the security plan following these threats, commented the plaintiffs' lawyer, Me Virginie Dufresne-Lemire, in an interview with ICI RDI .

Richard Henry Bain stood trial in 2016, four years after the alleged facts.

The English are waking up!, had shouted the author of the crime at the time of his arrest. The attack, perpetrated behind the stage where Prime Minister-elect Pauline Marois was delivering her victory speech, is widely seen today as a political attack.

After learning of the judgment, the current Minister of Public Security of Quebec, François Bonnardel, acknowledged that the police had learned a lot from this tragedy in 10 years, even if there is still a long way to go. , he commented in a press scrum on Friday.

“The coordination of protecting events, personalities, needs to improve, I think the judgment is pretty clear.

—François Bonnardel, Quebec Minister of Public Security

Present at the Metropolis with his wife and daughter during the attack, Minister of Education Bernard Drainville remembered having had a narrow escape that day. Since it happened, we wonder how this guy got so close to the new Prime Minister, he commented at a press conference while learning the news, and saying to himself little surprised that the judge concluded that there were flaws in police security.

I hope that the police services have learned the lessons so that it never happens again, underlined Mr. Drainville.

Among the political reactions to the recent court decision, many were nevertheless keen to highlight the improvement in policing in a decade.

The SQ has made changes, there have been developments, systems in place […], recognized PQ leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon.

Before the elections, it was said that the methods had to change, and they have changed, for his part underlined the deputy of the Parti Québécois, Joël Arseneau.

Québec solidaire MP Vincent Marissal also noted that security had been increased.

“September 2012 was a huge wake-up call. »

— Vincent Marissal, MNA for Québec solidaire

Some lessons seem to have already been learned, he mentioned. We held our rally at the Metropolis and security was on the lookout; the SQ even confiscated my corkscrew!, he cited as an example.

With information from Jérôme Labbé

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