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Jessica Angel

Published on Mar 17, 2013

The 17th annual protest against police brutality wrapped up in Montreal with more than 250 people arrested and taken away on city buses and in police vehicles.
According to Montreal police, the majority of people were arrested under municipal bylaw P-6, which makes it illegal to cover one’s face while taking part in a protest and for failing to provide authorities with an itinerary.

In a tweet, authorities also said some people were arrested for breach of peace.

At least 150 people left the protest with a $637 fine because of their participation in the illegal event.

Though Montreal police have not yet confirmed the exact number of arrests, authorities were seen verifying the identities of about 100 people gathered on the corner of Sainte-Catherine and Sainte-Élisabeth streets.

Police officers also rounded up several groups and proceeded with mass arrests throughout the duration of the march.

Most of those taking part had formed smaller groups following police orders to disperse after the protest was declared illegal because organizers had failed to provide authorities with an itinerary.

Protesters had first gathered on the corner of Saint-Urbain and Ontario streets near police headquarters around 4 p.m., where they were met by groups of police officers who tried to get them to disperse.

2 officers taken to hospital

Two police officers were taken to hospital, according to Montreal police spokesman Laurent Gingras.

One of the officers had two broken teeth and another felt unwell.

Anticipating the worst, police say

Montreal police had been preparing for the worst in anticipation of the march. “We’re hoping for the best, but we’re getting ready for the worst,” said Montreal police Cmdr. Ian Lafrenière earlier today.

The demonstrations, which have been held in Montreal every March for the past 16 years, are meant to support International Day Against Police Brutality, but have been known to end with violence and mass arrests.

Last year’s march saw 226 arrests.

Lafrenière said the reason for violence in recent years is partly due to fewer activists and more troublemakers hitting the streets.

“It looks like a sport now. Some people are coming to different protests because they want to have a good time,” he said.

Police took extra steps on Friday morning to warn the public, handing out flyers at downtown businesses and metro stations.

Authorities warned that large crowds could create issues for public transit, especially during the evening rush hour.

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Montreal Anti-Police Brutality Protest Declared Illegal

CP  |  By Nelson Wyatt, The Canadian Press Posted: 03/15/2013 5:04 pm EDT  |  Updated: 03/15/2013 11:20 pm EDT

MONTREAL – Police wasted little time Friday cracking down on an annual protest that has a history of getting rowdy, deploying charging squads of helmeted officers, cops on horseback and pepper spray to corral demonstrators.

Montreal police, who have been dealing with regular protests since student unrest last year, usually let peaceful marches proceed even if they have been declared illegal under municipal bylaws.

On Friday, police massed platoons of officers around their downtown headquarters — which was the target of the annual rally against police brutality — and had made their first arrest before the march even began.

“We sent up a message right at the beginning,” said Cmdr. Ian Lafreniere of the Montreal police at a late evening news conference after the march. “They haven’t shared a route, they haven’t shared their itinerary, they refuse to give us a location where they were heading. That’s the reason we made a stop to that.”

At the march, officers piled on one protester to catcalls from the crowd and quickly hustled him away. Once the march was declared illegal, other protesters were scooped from the mob and police tightened their cordon.

They stopped people and rooted through their bags and backpacks. Wedge formations were used to split the crowd into smaller groups and steer them off into side streets. Pockets were quickly dispersed and some areas were blocked off as people were herded along or rounded up.

By the end of the evening, more than 200 people had been detained and given $637 fines for violating municipal bylaws and 12 others had been arrested for criminal acts including possession of incendiary materials, assault on a police officer, mischief and making threats.

Two groups of those detained had been rounded up in mass arrests in the city’s downtown, said Lafreniere. He also said a number of people were arrested before the protest on a variety of charges.

At least six people — four demonstrators and two police officers — were injured. None of the injuries is life-threatening. One police officer got kicked in the face, Lafreniere said.

One police vehicle was vandalized during the march and two store windows were damaged.

Police also seized a number of items such as golf balls and knives, Lafreniere said.

Demonstrators have gathered in Montreal for the last 17 years to protest against police — and 15 of those marches have seen violence.

This year’s demonstration carried a uniquely bitter undertone after police and protesters clashed almost nightly during the so-called Maple Spring.

The events of last year remain hotly debated here, with many protesters arguing the worst violence at the student marches was committed by police — not the demonstrators.

 

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What killed Lluvia? Investigators wear hazmat suits to search the Colorado home of 6-year-old girl who died suddenly after a mystery outbreak

 

Mystery: Longmont Police don protective clothing to investigate the home of six-year-old Lluvia Espinoza Morales who died suddenly from an illness on Tuesday morning

 

By Lydia Warren

Mail Online

PUBLISHED: 15:45 EST, 20 February 2013 | UPDATED: 15:59 EST, 20 February 2013

Investigators have worn hazmat suits to search the home of a six-year-old girl who died suddenly from a mystery illness.

Lluvia Espinoza Morales was taken to hospital at 9 a.m. on Tuesday and was pronounced dead, sparking the thorough investigation of her home in Longmont, Colorado.

Neighbours watched as four officers donned thick suits and breathing respirators to enter the home before emerging at around 4p.m. to be washed down.

Investigators said there were no signs of foul play. They also failed to find anything abnormal in air samples and have ruled out carbon monoxide or a gas leak, the Denver Channel reported

Mystery: Longmont Police don protective clothing to investigate the home of six-year-old Lluvia Espinoza Morales who died suddenly from an illness on Tuesday morning

‘We don’t know the cause,’ Cmdr. Tim Lewis with Longmont police told CBS Denver. ‘The initial investigation is not showing us anything suspicious.

‘It could be the flu or it could be something pre-existing. But to send our people into an unknown environment and possibly expose them to that would have been irresponsible on our part.

“It seems almost overkill, but it’s the only sure way of not cutting corners and if you cut corners, then you get somebody exposed and you really don’t want to have that happen.’

He added that the families of officers struggle enough by being connected to their work, and they did not want to endanger them by passing on a possible virus.

Loss: Lluvia could have died suddenly from the flu, police suggested, but their investigation continuesLoss: Lluvia could have died suddenly from the flu, police suggested, but their investigation continues

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Longmont girl’s death prompts Hazmat response

10:03 PM, Feb 18, 2013

9News.com

LONGMONT – Longmont police, donning Hazmat gear, were investigating the death of a 6-year-old girl who died Monday morning.

Pollice say the girl, identified as Lluvia Espinoza Morales, went to the hospital with flu-like symptoms.

Longmont Police Commander Jeff Satur said investigators sealed one unit of a four-plex apartment in the 700 block of Darby Court where Morales lived.

Crews cleared the scene around 4 p.m. after investigators failed to find anything abnormal in air samples taken from inside. Investigators have ruled out carbon monoxide or a gas leak as a factor.

Satur said there there was no danger to the public.

 

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