Police officer in Quebec blamed for shooting a protester

Police officer Charles-Scott Simard, chemical irritant officer at the Quebec City police, did not use his rifle “with caution and discernment” against a young protester in March 2015, concludes the Police Ethics Committee.

The Chairman of the Committee, Pierre Gagné, comes to this conclusion after hearing civilian witnesses, police and experts for eight days in September.

On March 26, 2015, during a stormy protest against austerity in front of the National Assembly, protester Naomie Tremblay-Trudeau was hit in the face by a shot by Constable Charles-Scott Simard, a chemical irritant of the crowd control unit. The young woman had to be hospitalized briefly to treat large bruises in the mouth and lower face.

All police witnesses and experts, including Constable Charles-Scott Simard, told the Committee that a chemical irritant worker must be aiming at the “center-mass” of the body part from the waist to the shoulders.

Constable Simard obviously went too high, remarked committee chairman Pierre Gagné. “Constable Simard did not target the” center-mass “, he aimed at the level of the face, knowing that it could be dangerous.”

The Committee also finds that the officer did not maintain a minimum safe distance of 1 meter between the muzzle and the target. Naomie Tremblay-Trudeau was about 0.91 meters from the muzzle.

An expert in ballistics heard by the Committee assessed the average speed of debris at 98 meters per second for a distance of 107 cm. “This average speed of debris makes it easy to understand why it is dangerous to aim at the height of a person’s face,” writes Pierre Gagné.

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