Quebec’s Bureau des enquêtes indépendantes (BEI), the province’s police watchdogs, are investigating a case involving a 77-year-old man who died after allegedly being pepper sprayed by Sûreté du Québec police.
According to the Bureau des enquêtes indépendantes, the incident occurred this past Saturday in Sainte-Hélène-de-Bagot, a region of Montérégie, east of Montreal.
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The bureau says two police officers responded to a domestic conflict call at about 6 pm on Saturday before attempting to stop the man with pepper spray.
The group claims the man began having trouble breathing after he was sprayed and handcuffed by provincial police.
He was transported to a nearby hospital where he died at 7:50 pm.
The BEI office investigates civilian casualties during police operations and are partnering on the case with the assistance of Montreal police.
Daily Hive reached out to the Sûreté du Québec for more information but have yet to receive a comment from the SQ.