Gatineau: accused of police brutality against a Senegalese diplomat, the police defend themselves

Gatineau: accused of police brutality towards a Senegalese diplomat , the police defend themselves


Accused of police brutality on a Senegalese diplomat, the Service de police de la Ville de Gatineau (SPVG) defends itself.

In a statement released Thursday, the ministry Foreign Affairs of Senegal accused the SPVG of having “beaten up” a diplomat during a police intervention on August 2 at her home.

“Despite being reminded of the victim's status as a diplomat and of the inviolability of her home, the [Canadian police] handcuffed her and savagely beat her to the point that she had difficulty breathing, which led to his evacuation by ambulance to the hospital,” said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Senegalese Abroad.

After learning of these accusations, the SPVG insisted on defending itself. According to the Gatineau police, they faced “a person who was agitated and refused to cooperate”. Two police officers were also injured by blows and bites during the intervention.

“At no time did the person mention having been injured or having pain when questioned”, specified the SPVG , who adds that it was only later that the paramedics were called to intervene with this person.

Diplomatic immunity at stake

“On Thursday, August 4, 2022, the police submitted a file to the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions (DPCP) so that charges of assault on an officer and obstruction of police work be filed. It is up to the DPCP to analyze the evidence and determine whether or not charges can be brought in the context,” the statement read. This complaint was also closed by the DPCP because of the diplomatic status of the woman, indicated the Ministry of Public Security (MSP).

For its part, the Government of Senegal has requested that an investigation be carried out and that charges be brought against the police officers involved in this affair.

“[This aggression] constitutes a serious attack on the integrity person and human dignity, but also a flagrant violation of the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations”, concluded the Republic of Senegal.

An investigation has also been launched by the Bureau of Independent Investigations at the request of the Minister of Public Security, Geneviève Guilbault.

“The launch of this investigation follows a request from the Acting Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie , Ms. Andrée Laforest, who reported that the first counselor of the Senegalese Embassy in Canada, who has diplomatic immunity under the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, was the subject of a police intervention which raises questions”, mentioned the MSP in a press release.