Fredy Villanueva's mother says her son died for nothing. She's reacting to the coroner's report into the death of her 18-year-old son, who was shot and killed police in a Montreal North park in August 2008.
Lawyer's for the Villanueva family, and the others who sustained injuries during the fateful confrontation with police, say they welcome the coroner's report favorably — pointing out that it confirms officer Jean-Loup Lapointe was alone and thinking he was being threatened by Fredy Villanueva and the other youths there that day.
Lawyers also say the report confirms the police measures taken after the shooting were lacking and unequal when it comes to civil witnesses and police officers.
Coroner André Perreault says if everyone had thought before acting on the evening of Aug. 9, 2008, that Fredy Villanueva would still be alive today.
In his 143-page report, he said Villanueva's attempt to help his brother Dany while he was being arrested by Montreal police officers Jean-Loup Lapointe and Stephanie Pilotte could have been construed as a threat, as did the actions of the bystanders who were also shot and injured.
Perreault points out that Pilotte did the right things that night and did not contribute to the escalation of violence that led to Lapointe shooting Fredy Villanueva dead.
The coroner says he did not deserve to die and the evidence shows he did not try to disarm or harm Lapointe who he says only reacted to increased resistance from Dany Villanueva.
He offers up about 20 recommendations that focus on better police training and more anti-poverty measures. He also recommends doing away with police firearms where several bullets can be systematically and quickly fired after the first shot.
Mayor Denis Coderre and his police chief, Marc Parent both say they're still studying the report. Some corrective measures are in place, they say, with others to come.
Coderre and Parent also say the Montreal police force has their full support, and that so does Lapointe — someone the Villanueva family's lawyer says should be off the force.