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Quebec’s police ethics committee holds hearings into provocateurs at Montebello summit

The Globe and Mail reports that, “Three undercover officers accused of inciting protesters to attack riot police at the 2007 North American (Security and Prosperity Partnership) leaders summit in Montebello are being summoned to testify before Quebec’s independent police ethics committee.”

“The committee, which has the power to issue binding rulings on the Quebec police, will hold public hearings on the issue within the next six months.”

“The hearings will determine whether the officers breached the Code of Ethics of Quebec Police Officers by using obscene language, refusing to identify themselves and inciting others to violence.”

“The decision from the committee released this week overrules an independent review (by Quebec’s Police Ethics Commissioner) that exonerated the officers.”

“It also comes more than two years after the black-clad trio were first exposed on YouTube (by Council activist Paul Manly).”

“Dave Coles, the (the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers) union leader who confronted the men at the time and filed a complaint against the police, said a public inquiry is needed to determine whether they were acting on orders from federal officials. Mr. Coles said he suspects an inquiry would find there was political involvement, predicting a repeat of the findings of an inquiry into the police pepper spray tactics at Vancouver’s 1997 APEC summit.”

The Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union media release on this from earlier in the week is at http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/October2009/22/c9731.html.

The article – Officers accused of inciting violence to testify before police ethics panel – is at http://theglobeandmail.com/news/national/officers-accused-of-inciting-violence-to-testify-before-police-ethics-panel/article1336731/?.