The detainee who died in Bordeaux prison was in illegal detention

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The prisoner who died in Bordeaux prison was in illegal detention

Nicous D'Andre Spring, who bears the artist name Yk Lyrical, was detained in Bordeaux prison.

Nicous D'Andre Spring, who died the day after an intervention by correctional officers at the Bordeaux prison, was illegally detained at the time of the events, on December 24. He should have been released the day before.

The Quebec Ministry of Public Security (MSP) confirmed that Nicous D'André Spring was illegally detained, when he should have been released on December 23 following an investigation into his release by videoconference from the Montreal Detention Facility – commonly known as Bordeaux Prison.

Furthermore, the MSP said that two other prisoners who obtained their release that day were also being held illegally, since they should have been released on the same day. They were on December 24.

That afternoon, while D'Andre Spring was still being held for reasons as yet unknown, he was involved in a physical intervention during which he was fainted.

He was taken to hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries on December 25.

The Montreal Detention Facility, also called Bordeaux Prison.

A correctional officer has been temporarily relieved of his duties following a preliminary analysis of the incident.

In a press release, the Ministry of Public Security announces that it will conduct an administrative investigation into the events that occurred on Christmas Eve, including in particular the illegal detentions.

The family of D'Andre Spring has yet to speak publicly. A candlelight vigil is planned in his honor on Friday at Benny Park in the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce district.

In a tweet, the Minister of Public Security of Quebec, François Bonnardel, said he wanted answers and accountability for what happened.

The mistakes made will have to be assumed and answered, he said.

On December 20, Nicous D'Andre Spring was charged with assaulting a peace officer, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and criminal harassment. In March 2021, he was charged with breaching a condition of a release order.

With information from CBC

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