Tuesday, August 19, 2008

a "fine line between prevention and repression"

Montreal's police chief has assigned more officers to the city's north-end station in a bid to restore order in the area where a riot broke out last week after a young man was shot dead.

Yvan Delorme said additional officers are now working out of Station 39, with the aim of offering a "reassuring presence" in the borough where police shot and killed 18-year-old Fredy Villanueva on Aug. 9.

Assigning more officers to patrol the working-class neighbourhood is a medium-term measure, part of efforts to improve relations between police and young people in the borough, Delorme said.

Officers must negotiate a "fine line between prevention and repression" when tensions escalate on the streets, he said at a news conference Monday.

I think they have gone over that "fine line" long ago...

a "reassuring presence"

Makes the head spin, doesn't it?

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