The mother of Jean-René Junior Olivier sues the City of Repentigny
According to the lawsuit, the death of Jean-René Junior Olivier “has caused and continues [to cause [his mother] tremendous sadness, anguish, nightmares [and] remorse”.
Failing to obtain criminal justice, Marie Mireille Bence decided to turn to the civil division of the Superior Court of Quebec in the hope of convicting the police officers who carried out the incident. intervention which, in August 2021, resulted in the death of his son, plagued by mental health problems.
The lawsuit was filed Tuesday at the Joliette courthouse. She is claiming from the City of Repentigny – responsible for the local police service, the SPVR – more than $429,000.
Jean-René Junior Olivier, the plaintiff's son, is dead on August 1, 2021 while at the family residence, rue de Niagara. It was his mother who, worried about his psychological state, had herself contacted the emergency services in the hope of having him transported to a hospital center.
The 37-year-old man – who was indeed in crisis, according to witnesses present that day – was shot during the police intervention that took place that day. that day. Officers present opened fire in his direction as he ran in their direction armed with a knife.
The family of the deceased and the lawyers who represent them, Me Wilerne Bernard and Me Marie-Livia Beaugé, essentially accuse the SPVR of having carried out an intervention of incredible violence against a black person with status precarious social worker, a very vulnerable person who needed help.
The police officers who responded to the call that day were sued personally by Marie Mireille Bence, even though the DPCP let it be known two weeks ago that no criminal charges would be filed against them.
Their identity is not known, however, the plaintiff claiming to have received neither the autopsy report nor that of the Bureau of Independent Investigations (BEI) responsible for shedding light on this case.
The Municipality, for its part, allegedly failed in its obligation to provide adequate training to patrol officers, according to the lawsuit.
Marie Mireille Bence is claiming $250,000 in compensatory damages, $100,000 in punitive damages, $50,000 in attorneys' fees and $29,389.60 in pecuniary damages, for a total of $429,389.60.
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The City of Repentigny and the SPVR have already indicated that they do not intend to comment on the lawsuit.
< p class="e-p">The Red Coalition, a pressure group whose objective is to eliminate the practice of racial profiling and systemic racism in Canada, for its part asked on Tuesday the Quebec Minister of Public Security, François Bonnardel, to order a public coroner's inquest in this case.