No fewer than five investigators from the Independent Investigations Bureau (EIB) will have to determine whether the officers of the Richelieu-Saint-Laurent Police Intermunicipal Authority acted appropriately in their intervention with Daphné Boudreault, while the Crimes Against The Sûreté du Québec (SQ) person is examining the murder of the young woman as such.
It is an infinite sadness.
“My first thoughts go for the family. I myself have two daughters at home who are of the same age. I can very well understand the state of the victim’s parents, friends and family, “said Public Safety Minister Martin Coiteux on Thursday in the National Assembly.
The Sûreté du Québec has “the necessary resources and expertise” to investigate the murder, he added.
In light of the questions you have raised, you, the media people, in the last few hours, I think the Independent Investigations Bureau is also looking at this from the point of view of the role of the police.
The EIB investigators, created specifically to investigate possible police blunders, will have to check “if indeed everything has been done correctly,” said Coiteux. Without commenting on the merits of the case, the minister assured that it is “always important that signals are taken very seriously” by police officers called upon to intervene in an alleged spousal assault.
As the EIB has a total of 19 investigators, the number of investigators assigned to the Mont-Saint-Hilaire drama – five – appears relatively large.
“It is case-by-case that is dictated by the circumstances, so the number of witnesses to meet, whether civil witnesses or police witnesses, the number of policemen who are involved in the event,” Martin Bonin-Charron, EIB spokesman.
The EIB asks anyone who has witnessed this event to contact him via his website. It should produce a report within a few months.
Some witnesses accused the police officers who intervened with Daphne Boudreault, at the convenience store where she worked, for appearing to take the case “a little lightly”. A situation that Manon Monastesse, director of the Federation of Women’s Shelters, has seen more than once.
I think it’s a lack of training and a lack of evaluation, “she said in an interview. […] They, they seek, is a criminal act. But in the context of domestic violence, we must not only evaluate acts. Acts should be evaluated in a context.
In his opinion, “several flags” had been lifted: “the fact that the young man did not accept the separation … he constantly harassed him, I believe he had tampered with his telephone line, and all messages on Facebook. When we put all that, one after another, with our expertise, we see very well that there was a very high risk of homicide. ”
Indeed, “the elements were there,” according to Sylvie Langlais, president of the Regroupement of houses for women victims of spousal violence. She said in an interview that the main error of the police officers was not to “take seriously” the complaint of Daphne Boudreault.
This is not the first time a woman has been killed by her spouse shortly after applying for police protection. To avoid further deaths, it is necessary to identify the meshes in the safety net and to improve police practice.
Manon Monastesse pointed out that police officers have tools, including evaluation grids, to help them identify risks and, perhaps, prevent tragedies.
“A spouse who is violent is that he wants to control everything his wife does,” she said. One of the most dangerous elements is when there is a separation. There, he can no longer control his spouse. This is where the assessment of dangerousness, the possibility of homicide is important. ”
Anthony Pratte could have been arrested at the first intervention, at the convenience store where Daphne Boudreault worked, agreed the judicial analyst François Doré, retired from the SQ. He would have been threatening and robbed Ms. Boudreault’s cell phone.
It would have been the most direct and simple solution, but it is also necessary to know what was said, what was the nature of the exchanges. Yes, it is enough to say that we are afraid, but to what extent the police officers have [discussed with the victim and the suspect] and to what extent a grid has been applied to verify potential dangers.
Mr. Doré acknowledged that the policewoman should have entered the apartment in the apartment shared by Daphne Boudreault and Anthony Pratte, “except that here it was taken into consideration that the suspect should not be there, He was outside. ”
According to the information available, Pratte had indeed sent friends an e-mail stating that he would not be at home when his former girlfriend was to go there. She was accompanied by a police officer and her father’s spouse, but she was the first to enter the dwelling. It was at this moment that Pratte attacked him with a white weapon.
But one policeman, it was not enough, according to Sylvie Langlais: “We ask all the time that there are two policemen. In an ideal world, it takes two policemen. The two policemen enter and secure the premises. We’re waiting in the car. ”
And if the spouse accused of violence is present, an officer must stay with him while the other accompanies the complainant, explained Ms. Langlais.
For help: SOS Domestic Violence 1-800-363-9010