Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Cops Blast Montreal Mayor over Her Openness toward Memorial for Shooting Victim

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Cops Blast Montreal Mayor over Her Openness toward Memorial for Shooting Victim

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Police criticize Montreal mayor over memorial

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MONTREAL - The union representing Montreal police officers criticized Mayor Valerie Plante on Tuesday for saying she is open to the idea of creating a memorial for a young man shot dead by police in 2008.

A citizen asked Plante during a council meeting Monday for a memorial honouring Fredy Villanueva and called him a "symbol of resistance."

His death triggered riots in the northern part of the city shortly after the shooting.

Plante replied she was "quite willing" to examine the project, and added that errors had been made in the past, including ones that led to Villanueva's death.

On Tuesday Plante added that the memorial would be an occasion to "listen, to take action ... and to build bridges."

The Montreal police brotherhood released a statement noting that no officer had been blamed for the shooting death. …

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