A demonstration was held late in the afternoon of Friday, February 5 to support Mamadi III Fara Camara and to demonstrate community outrage against the racial profiling that continues every day in Parc-Extension. 

Camara was cleared of all charges after his arrest in connection with a case of attempted murder of a police officer, for which he spent 6 days in jail. In a cruel twist of circumstances, he in fact he was the one who called 911 when he saw the police officer being beaten up. In his call, he gives a description of the suspect, which did not at all match his own appearance. These elements were not considered sufficient to release him: video evidence showed him to be innocent.

Unlike Mr. Camara, Sanjay Vig, the police officer who was attacked in this story, is not without a history of malfeasance. He had been convicted of a breach of ethics (we know how difficult it is to be despicable enough to achieve this feat): demanding money from a motorist without giving him a statement of offense, using excessive force, and making an illegal arrest.

In addition, there was a rumor in the crowd that Sanjay Vag had been attacked by a man who could no longer stand his grip on the neighborhood. The policeman was allegedly involved in a case of extortion. According to some, he threatened to use his influence against residents of the neighborhood, denounce them and have them arrested. The police officer was allegedly extorting money from residents to buy his silence. It would seem that this explains the attack against him, while he was carrying out a routine intervention in Parc-Extension. Mr. Camara would have been one more victim of Sanjay Vig's schemes.

It is in this context of popular dissent that the demonstration organized by the Parc-Extension neighborhood committee (table de concertation) was held. It is then easy to understand that some of the remarks made by the speakers were objectionable: one argued for police "accountability", which was quickly and fervently countered with "abolition!" Disgraced Mayor Giuliana Fumagalli (Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension) was disrupted in her effort to save her own political ass, and her hypocrisy was exposed. 

Many have not forgotten that it was she who, during the struggle around Plaza Hutchison, was responsible for the prosecution of several activists, and that it was she who calls the shots in Parc-Ex and that she is also responsible for the tense situation with the police. When this heated situation emerged, people in the crowd, obviously close to the organization, tried to prevent it from being filmed, putting their hands in front of the cameras. You can't help but wonder why they were really organizing this rally.

Another demonstration is scheduled for Sunday, February 7 at 2:30 pm in front of SPVM HQ.