Quebec, Aug 10 (Canadian-Media): A change to the way complaints against police made by Indigenous people will be investigated, was announced by Martin Coiteux, Quebec's public security minister, media reports said.
Quebec's police watchdog — the independent investigations bureau (BEI) would take over, starting Sept. 17, any criminal allegations made by indigenous complainants against police officers.
Creation of a special special investigation unit within the BEI is being planned with hiring of an aboriginal liaison officer who will follow up with complainants of indigenous victims and refer them to appropriate resources.
The news comes in the wake of the 2015 allegations made by thirty-seven indigenous women had been sexually assaulted by policein the Val-d'Or area.
Even though these women filed official complaints, no criminal charges were laid against the police officers.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)