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Lachine compassion club's calls for cooperation with council and police met with silence

MONTREAL, June 2 /CNW Telbec/ - After failed attempts by the Lachine Compassion club to reach out to the police force in addressing security and loitering concerns the response was quite clear. On Thursday the 27th of May, Troy Cadogan a volunteer with the Lachine compassion club was returning home from the club, when he was beaten by police for no apparent reason. After being followed by a plainclothes officer, two uniformed officers approached Mr. Cadogan and accused him of jaywalking and demanded identification. When the officers were themselves asked for identification, Mr. Cadogan was handcuffed and thrown up against a fence and was chastised for his involvement in the compassion club. After being thrown against the fence he fell and when he attempted to rise up while handcuffed, a plain clothed officer punched him in the face. After several witnesses congregated and refused to leave the area, the police left Mr. Cadogan without issuing any charges.

Gary Webber, spokesman for the compassion club, commented "I am afraid what happened to Troy is symptomatic of how the police are treating both the patients and the volunteers of the compassion club". He continued, "If Lachine city hall is using the police as a means to intimidate the compassion club out of our community, they are adopting the wrong approach". Mr. Webber has already called for the formation of a steering committee made up of members of the Lachine police force, patient advocate groups, and representatives of city council to finds ways of working together. He is again calling on Mayor Dauphin to agree to the formation of the steering committee to insure that all parties can provide input on how the compassion club could operate.

SOURCE CULTURE 420

For further information: For further information: Gary Webber, media relations, (514) 651-4367

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