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(en) Canada, ucl-saguenay, Collectif Emma Goldman - "Sexual misconduct" in Haiti: The policeman can sleep peacefully, the Saguenay police service covers his back (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Wed, 16 Oct 2019 09:28:16 +0300


A recent CBC survey (September 2019) revealed that a police officer from the Saguenay Police Service (SPS) is suspected of sexual assault against a Haitian woman. He has never faced criminal charges or administrative proceedings for lack of evidence. ( Radio-Canada, No sanctions against Canadian police accused of sexual misconduct in Haiti ) ---- Unravel information published since 2017 ---- In March 2017, a Daily article revealed that a police officer from Saguenay had been repatriated urgently to the country. According to the reports reported in the article, the policeman was the victim of a mundane miscarriage: " He would have handed money to a family in Haiti, but a relative of it would not appreciate the gesture and reportedly denounced the police officer to a member of the government"( The Daily, An Emergency Repatriated Police Officer from Haiti ). However, another article states as much as him that the agent was repatriated to the country " shortly after being denounced by agents of a police force partner.( La Presse, Haiti: another Quebec policeman is the subject of allegations of). Would the Saguenay police officer have tried to buy the silence of the victim's family and would have been subsequently reported to the local authorities? Or again, in a burst of remorse, the policeman wanted to leave some shots as an allowance to his new offspring? ( Radio-Canada, No sanctions against Canadian police accused of sexual misconduct in Haiti ). One thing is certain, the way the police authorities have dealt with this issue leaves us predicting much more than a misunderstanding.

Who protects us from the police?

The staff of the SPS refused in 2017 " to reveal the identity of the police officer or to specify the exact reasons for his repatriation, stating that this is the personal file of an employee" ( Radio-Canada, A police officer from Saguenay repatriated from Haiti ). So in these circumstances, why the SPS as an organization was suspended from the program of collaboration with the UN by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police? Because the repatriation of the police officer was carried out very quickly and even before the UN investigators could do their job. This situation has damaged relations between the international organization and Canada. ( Radio-Canada,No sanctions against Canadian police accused of sexual misconduct in Haiti )

At the time of writing, the police officer is still employed by the police force, which is far from reassuring for women victims of sexual assault in the Saguenay and more generally for the public's trust in the police. from this institution.

Good old colonial reflexes

When we see the maneuvers to protect the image of the organization and remove from justice at least one of the 20 Saguenay policemen who have stayed in Haiti, the city of Saguenay and its police appear to us as the worthy descendants of the great colonial empires. In light of this information, the celebration in the fall of 2017 to mark the " ten years of cooperation in Haiti " represents a beautiful operation to enhance the image of the organization.

In this type of situation, it is up to the direct employer of the police officer to conduct an internal investigation and to apply disciplinary measures. So when the police investigate the police and what's more, when the events took place in a foreign country, do not be too surprised that the organization is trying to stifle the case to protect its image already put to hurt in other files.

Today, the Saguenay Police Service claims to have opened the file again and taken the situation seriously. In addition to being " extremely concerned ", the Saguenay Police Service states that it " fully shares the position of the United Nations and Canada and is committed to respecting the rights of all ." ( The Daily, The inquiry continues for the police officer from Saguenay repatriated from Haiti ). At least that's what the SPS said.

Posted Yesterday by Collectif Emma Goldman

http://ucl-saguenay.blogspot.com/2019/10/inconduite-sexuelle-en-haiti-le.html
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