The relatives of an accused who wanted to become an informer and whose offer was found on social networks have just filed a civil lawsuit for $226,000 against the Longueuil police, whom they accused of putting their lives in danger.
“Since the leak of the recording of the interrogation [his relatives] fear daily for their safety. The negligence of the investigator, in his failure to redact sensitive information, caused them serious trouble,” reads the court document released Monday at the Montreal courthouse.
The case dates back to last summer, when the Longueuil police arrested a young man in the DIX30 district in Brossard, in connection with a firearm case. Questioned by an investigator, the accused then offered to collaborate with the police.
“I will help you, he said. Do you want five or six guns? Want to get some real guns? »
However, in the days that followed, an extract from the interrogation ended up on social networks, where he was treated as an informer. His identity was also revealed.
“The very evening of the escape […], Montreal police officers contacted [the relatives of the accused], explaining to them that they were in danger,” reads the court document.
Suspicions as to the origin of the leak point to a co-accused who had access to the interrogation video. However, according to those close to the accused, the extract in question should have been redacted, as had been done for the transcription.
“[The authorities] had an obligation to protect the personal information, the disclosure of which would compromise the security of the applicant, had also indicated Judge Louise Leduc during a court hearing. The examination [of the case] leads to the conclusion that the investigator and the respondent committed faults. »
The consequences were then catastrophic for the relatives of the accused.
In addition to having had to use a witness protection program for a few days “at the express request of the Montreal police”, they had to barricade themselves at home due to threats. A contract would have even been put on the head of one of them.
“According to the recommendations of the police, they no longer went outside their home alone”, indicates the civil suit.
And the pressure was so strong that the relatives who lived in Montreal finally moved out of the city for fear for their lives.
Barring an amicable settlement, their request will soon be presented to a judge of the Superior Court of Quebec.
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Katrine Johns has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Gal Post, Katrine Johns worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my email@example.com 1-800-268-7128