He Was Undercover, So Killing a Child Is OK....
Police weren't originally going to say anything to the public. They weren't even going to explain to the family of five-year-old Nicholas Thorne-Belance, what was going on when an unmarked police car going almost 2-1/2 times the speed limit smashed into the family car , injuring Mike Belance and his daughter, and killing his little boy.
But then things in the National Assembly heated up, and when the politicians were pressed for answers they told police to fess up. So now we've been informed that the officer who killed this little boy was undercover . So it was “expected” that sometimes he would have to break the law, and that's why he isn't going to be charged.
And what was so urgent that he needed to be going 122 km/hr (about 75 MPH) in a busy urban area during morning rush hour?
Well, his colleagues were following a witness in an investigation of corruption within Quebec's liberal party. He was in one of four cars assigned to follow former party director Robert Parent, and he needed to catch up to his colleagues so he could take over the pursuit of the witness.
Yup, he was a little late for the party! So it was OK for him to drive at speeds that wouldn't normally be tolerated even on the province's highways – let alone in heavy urban traffic.
And really, the father of the child is at fault too . Because he took a chance, and tried to turn left before the light had changed ....
In the aftermath of this completely avoidable death , apparently police across Quebec are walking – or rather pursuing subjects – on eggshells. Nobody wants to be the next guy to cause a crash and end up on desk duty . And there are rumours that there could potentially be a review of the procedures for such a pursuit – protocols that are normally heavily cloaked in secrecy, and not subject to public scrutiny.
There seems to be no official confirmation of any such review. But we do know that police and the government are prepared to move forward with plans to break the elite anti-corruption squad away from the provincial police force, essentially creating a new independent police force that would not have to answer to the Sûreté du Québec – this in order to avoid “contamination” of investigations....
This is my Politics entry for Dawnwriter 's A-W Category Challenge . The article follows up on a Breaking News piece that I did earlier this week, on the subject of this little boy's death and the lack of police accountability in the case.
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