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Canada: Montreal: The Police force is not a health service – By Yvonne Sam

 – By Yvonne Sam

On November 1, when I heard the news on the radio that a male had been pepper sprayed at close range by the Montreal police ( SPVM), that he was experiencing a mental crisis, and had been taken to the hospital, the only words that evoked an egress from my lips were “ Not again!”

Surprisingly, not for a nanosecond did an inkling of a thought linger on the color aspect, as I intuitively knew the color that most often gets in trouble with law enforcement.

In 2019, in the face of harsh criticism for its handling of past interactions, the SPVM declared that it will train all its patrol officers to use tools that will help them deal with those suffering from mental health issues.          Continue reading

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