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Indigenous leaders lose faith in Quebec justice system after Crown presses few charges in abuse scandal


A wide-ranging investigation into allegations of police abuse of Indigenous Quebecers produced only enough evidence to charge two officers, Crown prosecutors said Friday in Val-d'Or, Que.

In what they described as an "exceptional" measure, four Crown prosecutors publicly explained why so few criminal charges were laid, despite having been given 38 files by Montreal police, who conducted the investigation.

Of the 38 cases, one was kicked back to police for further investigation. In many of the remaining cases, there was insufficient evidence of criminal wrongdoing or victims were unable definitively identify a suspect, the prosecutors said.


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