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Who Killed Theresa?
Ce blogue est une investigation de le meurtre de ma soeur, Theresa Allore. Il y a 30 ans Theresa est mort aux secteurs de Compton, Sherbrooke et Lennoxville, Québec.
Life isn't fair, Justice is blind... and dysfunctional, and some cops aren't smart and dedicated like on tv.
Si vous avez information contact Sue Sutherland: CP 45 Succursale Lennoxville, Sherbrooke J1M 1Z3,Canada:firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 514-264-7830
Saturday, August 30, 2008
My two front teeth... and scads of Federal dollars
OTTAWA, Aug. 29 /CNW Telbec/ - In Montreal, Canada's police chiefs have
wrapped up their 103rd Annual Conference, on the theme "Better Diversity
Management Through Partnership".
CACP President Deputy Director General Steven Chabot of the Sûreté du
Québec makes it clear that the Chiefs will ratchet up their agencies'
knowledge and understanding of diversity, including ethno-cultural, gender,
sexual orientation, age and special needs.
"We must draw upon the richness of Canada's diversity, to strengthen the
community's relationship with police and police agencies themselves," said
Mr. Chabot. "We are committed to becoming better service providers and better
employers of a diverse workforce."
In Resolutions adopted by the CACP, the Chiefs are calling upon
governments at all levels to address some pressing community safety issues
that require a national approach.
The Chiefs are asking the federal government to commit resources for a
national strategy on voice communications interoperability among public safety
agencies across Canada. The ability of first responders to communicate using
the radio spectrum is essential, and a strategy to enable full
interoperability of voice communications within ten years was promised by the
federal government in 2005.
Federal and provincial/territorial governments should create a new
national responsibility centre for community safety, health and well-being,
with a mandate to serve as a coordination body for all orders of government
and a resource centre to support community-based partnerships that are working
to achieve safe and healthy communities.
The Chiefs are challenging governments to work together on a national
strategy to reduce poverty, which marginalizes groups in our society and is a
risk factor for victimization and crime.
A resolution adopted by the Chiefs seeks adequate federal funding and
support for First Nations policing, so that First Nations have access to
policing services that meet community needs as well as acceptable quality and
The federal government is asked to provide funding for municipal and
provincial police agencies to implement the National Sex Offender Registry in
their jurisdictions, and to adopt the legislative and software features of the
more comprehensive Ontario Sex Offender Registry.
Along the same lines, federal funding is needed for the provinces to
adopt a single database and a consistent practice in investigations related to
missing persons and unidentified human remains.
All police agencies in Canada are being asked by the Chiefs to adopt the
Canadian Criminal Intelligence Model, so that intelligence and operations can
be aligned strategically among municipal, provincial and federal levels.
On the legislative front, the Chiefs want the federal Justice Minister to
strengthen bail and sentencing provisions in the Criminal Code so that chronic
offenders are incarcerated for longer periods of time.
The CACP officially recognized the Drug Evaluation and Classification
Program, currently under the stewardship of the RCMP, as the sole approved
training for roadside sobriety and drug tests.
In adopting a set of principles for modern policing, the Chiefs are
calling again this year for a common framework to guide policing in Canada.
Policing is a responsibility shared by all orders of government, and for
several years the CACP has expressed concern about the need for clarity around
federal, provincial and local police responsibilities.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
[Federal prosecutor Dan] Boyce says domestic homicides can be especially difficult to clear because DNA evidence is often useless. Although DNA is used to solve many homicides, a spouse's DNA will naturally be found in the home and on the victim.
Fear of a Black Planet
Nevertheless, CACP president Steven Chabot, and the deputy director of the Sûreté du Québec, appeared to have a firm grasp of the problem, and the challenges faced in the coming years:
"Most of the people who are members of minority communities are quite young," he said.
"It's going to take a few years, but they will start making their way to the upper management levels."
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Now We're Getting Somewhere
In today's Gazette, Criminologist, James Drennan, addresses Quebec Police's long problematic and blatantly obvious “sang et langue” recruiting policy:
- Police must recruit more minorities into their forces, or risk losing the confidence of the public... "You can lose public confidence overnight,"
So I did a little canvasing of the recruiting pages for some Canadian police forces. Here's what I came up with:
The Vancouver police, ok, we've got the Asian and female thing going on...
The OPP, a chick and a black guy, very good...
The turban's overcompensating, but at least the effort's there...
Alright Toronto... we get it, you're the poster-child for diversity.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Framing The Problem
Oh silly me, It's a gang thang!
... and all this time I was thinking it was an issue of police oppression / supression:
Stockwell Day says street gang prevention having positive impact in Montreal
2 hours ago
MONTREAL — Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day says federal government funding for street-gang prevention has had a positive effect in Montreal.
"We have increased the funding across the board when it comes to supporting police across the country," Day told The Canadian Press on Monday in a phone interview.
"We're always looking at what more needs to be done."
Day was in Montreal on Monday for the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Conference.
Earlier this year, the federal government announced $92 million in funding over five years for street-gang prevention in Quebec.
On Sunday, Day joined anti-gang officers on a tour of a north-end Montreal neighbourhood that erupted into a riot earlier this month after police shot and killed 18-year-old Fredy Villanueva.
He said the increased police presence was having an obvious impact in reducing gang activity.
"I could see already that. . . their presence is already recognized, they're having an affect," Day said.
It is "causing street gangs to be less aggressive and more restrained in their activities."
Montreal police say more than 30 people have been arrested as part of the investigation into the riot.
The minister wouldn't comment on the police shooting and subsequent riots.
"That's a municipal and provincial responsibility and they're handling it at that level," he said.
Overall crime has been falling in Montreal but criminal activity related to street gangs has been increasing.
Montreal police believe there are about 20 gangs operating in the city with between 400 and 500 core members.
Fourteen homicides were linked to gang activity in Montreal in 2007.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Mme Marois, your agenda is showing...
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Hedwig Did It
Labels: Michael Peterson
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
And all the peacemaker turn war officer
Hear what I say
The day after the shootings, Montreal police issued a news release saying an officer fired at the group because police felt threatened by Fredy Villanueva, his brother Dany and a number of their friends. Police were trying to search Dany Villanueva when the altercation began.
A few days after the shootings, a Montreal police officer, who wished to remain anonymous, told The Gazette the officer who fired his gun did so after his female partner was badly beaten.
But Dave Augustin, 20, a close friend of Sagor-Métellus, said Sagor-Métellus told him no one attacked the police officers.
"He said it is a story that the police invented to camouflage the real story," said Augustin, at the news conference to express his support for a public inquiry. "He doesn't know why he was shot. He was shot in the back."
Augustin said Sagor-Métellus told him a group of about eight people were playing dice when Lapointe approached them and singled out Dany Villanueva.
According to Sagor-Métellus, Augustin said, the officer pushed Villanueva against the car and handcuffed him after Villanueva fought back. It was then that Fredy Villanueva and others in the group approached the officers. According to witnesses, Fredy Villanueva said: "What are you doing? Leave him alone."
An altercation ensued and Lapointe fired four shots, killing Fredy Villanueva and wounding Sagor-Métellus and Méas.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
In the wake of last week's unrest in Montreal North, The Canadian Press publishes a list of riots in Montreal from recent memory. Notice a pattern here? Nothin' a little face-wash won't solve:
"Here is a list of major incidents involving civil disobedience in Montreal.
April 21, 2008 - Rioters set five police cars ablaze and smash windows after a Canadiens playoff victory over the Boston Bruins. Police arrest 56 people.
1993 - A victory celebration for the Habs Stanley Cup win ends with rampant looting and vandalism. As many as 980 officers are needed to return order to downtown streets.
"Maudite, forget about our sovereign rights, just give us the F-in' Cup!"
1986 - 5,000 people rampage through downtown Montreal following the Habs victory over Calgary. Police arrest 168 people.
1968 - Police arrest 290 people and 125 people are injured on the eve of the 1968 election, when Prime Minister Trudeau ignores threats of separatist violence and attends the St-Jean-Baptiste Day parade.
1955 - Fans at the Montreal forum revolt when NHL President Clarence Campbell shows up after suspending Maurice Rocket Richard. A smoke bomb empties the building, beginning seven hours of rioting."
Can Andre Marin get his hate-munch on for the Quebec Police or what?
Internal police probe called 'bogus'
Process derided after shooting of Montreal teen
Katherine Wilton, Canwest News Service
Published: Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Ontario's ombudsman says he has zero confidence in the Surete du Quebec's ability to impartially investigate the recent fatal shooting by Montreal police of a young Latino man.
Quebec's practice of having one police force investigate another is outdated and should be replaced by an independent civilian body to oversee incidents where a member of the public is seriously injured or killed by an officer, Andre Marin said.
But Quebec Public Security Minister Jacques Dupuis has full confidence in the provincial police force's ability to investigate the shooting, spokeswoman Emelie Rouleau said Monday.
Rouleau added that Dupuis wouldn't comment on Marin's statements and would make no further statements on Quebec's investigative procedure while the probe continues into the death of Fredy Villanueva, 18.
The Surete du Quebec and the Montreal police brotherhood also declined to comment.
Marin said it's ridiculous that the Surete du Quebec waited almost a week before talking to the two Montreal police officers who were present when Villanueva was killed Aug. 9.
"When police investigate police, there is favouritism in the investigation," Marin told the Montreal Gazette's editorial board Monday. "It was seen right away in this case when they failed to interview the witness officer immediately."
Investigating police often use the trauma card and say they are giving the officers time to compose themselves, Marin said.
"It is completely bogus," he said of the practice, adding that it gives the officers time to consult with union lawyers.
In Ontario, a police witness would have been required to give a statement to the province's civilian Special Investigations Unit within 24 hours of a police shooting.
The SIU was established in 1990 after a rash of police shootings of young black men in Toronto. Marin was its director between 1996 and 1998.
The shooting of Villanueva sparked a riot the following evening.
Marin said he isn't sure when a civilian body will be established in Quebec because "there is a lack of political will to take on the powerful police unions."
"It takes a lot of political fortitude for a minister to say to rank-and-file police, 'I am in charge and I am going to be making the decisions,' " he said.
"The police union has a very powerful lobby with politicians, and I think in many instances the government is afraid of the police."
In Alberta, the solicitor general decides whether an investigation will be conducted by police or by an independent civilian unit.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Saturday, August 09, 2008
Or I may be two-tracking the problem
Friday, August 08, 2008
I was told today by a reporter with NBC that M. Robert Lafreniere's office confirmed that the Surete du Quebec's cold case bureau mandate has now been extended to go back further than 25 years, and to investigate all cold cases in Quebec. Does this mean that the files of Theresa Allore, Louise Camirand and Manon Dube have now officially been transferred to the Surete du Quebec's Cold Case Bureau?
Thursday, August 07, 2008
Cold case of university student solved after 38 years
“The last remaining unsolved murder at (Michigan State University) has been solved. Marie Ann Jackson, whose body was found in an isolated wooded area of MSU property near College Road on Nov. 21, 1970, had been lying in the woods for up to four days before her body was found. (The 19-year-old) had been strangled.
"Now, 38 years later, members of the MSU police homicide task force have confirmed that DNA and tissue analysis match Carl Finch, an acquaintance of Jackson’s. Finch, an Eaton Rapids resident, committed suicide in Florida in 1997.
“For family members of someone who was murdered, it gives them hope that the cases that their loved ones were involved in are cases that can be solved,” she said."
I like this story for obvious reasons:
1. They finally identified who murdered Marie Ann Jackson 38 years ago.
2. The MSU campus police solved the murder. I think this is the first story I’ve come across where the campus police took the lead role in the investigation and ended up solving the murder of one of their students.
3. The university never “forgot” about Marie and continued to work on her case. (And I don’t think the family had to continually prompt then to do so.)
However, the best writing connected to this story was from a reader who posted the following comment at the end of the online article. He said:
“Tell your parents not to worry, kids! According to Sgt. Florene McGlothian Taylor, if you get murdered on campus, they’ll figure it out within 40 years.”
Let's hope Theresa's murder doesn't reach the 40-year mark! It just takes some people with a conscience to SHARE what they know--anonymously if necessary. We hope to hear from you soon (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org). Again, all information provided will be treated with the utmost discretion.
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