Saturday, February 03, 2007
This document is addressed to the Quebec Premiere, the Quebec Minister of Justice and the Quebec Minister for Public Security from victims of crime, surviving family members of murder victims, and supporters for justice reform in the province of Quebec. The complaints to which this document refers concern the 3 unsolved murders that took place in the Sherbrooke area between 1977 and 1978, and close to 20 documented cases of sexual attacks that also occurred in that region from 1977 through 1982. The complaint is against the Surete du Quebec and their investigations into these events from 2002 until the present.
We the undersigned call upon the Quebec government to take the following actions:
1. Commence a full inquiry into the actions of the Surete du Quebec and their negligence in attempting to solve these crimes, to ensure the public that these errors are never repeated, and may never be suffered by any citizen of Quebec again.
2. Reform the system of communication currently used by the Surete du Quebec. To protect the public interest, ensure citizens that information coming into police is captured and acted upon, and that information provided to victims and families of victims is initiated by police, and provided in a seamless and timely fashion. As well, ensure there is a timely and efficient method of communication employed by all police agencies in Quebec to communicate with each other.
3. Provide the Surete du Quebec with sufficient funding to allow them to dedicate resources to cold-cases; specifically we ask that a cold-case bureau be established in the Surete du Quebec, and we ask the Minister of Public Security to form a task force of special investigators for all unsolved murders in the province of Quebec.
We ask for your assistance in these matters with the greatest respect for the work you perform and the service you provide to the people of Quebec.
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