Private criminal complaint in Villanueva police shooting

Six years after the death of Fredy Villanueva, an activist group says it's still hoping to bring the Montreal police officer who shot and killed the 18-year-old to justice.

Alexandre Popovic, spokesman for anti-police brutality group, Coalition contre la répression et les abus policiers said he filed his complaint when no charges were laid against constable Jean-Loup Lapointe, a rare legal prodecure.

"Most people are not even aware that it's possible for any citizen to file a private criminal complaint in the judiciary system," Popovic told CJAD 800 News.

A judge heard Popovic's arguments for filing the complaint this morning. The hearing was held in camera as per the procedure. The judge will decide if there's enough evidence to bring charges against Lapointe. Lapointe shot and killed Villanueva during the 2008 confrontation, after Lapointe and his partner Stéphanie Pilotte stopped a group of youths playing dice near a Montreal North park.

"The coroner himself in his report stated that Fredy Villanueva and also both of his friends that were shot by officer Lapointe did not a pose a threat to officer Lapointe," Popovic said. The coroner also ruled that he didn't believe Lapointe when he said he was afraid of being disarmed.

"It just makes no sense to me that the crown hasn't made that decision to file criminal charges against officer Lapointe."

The hearing will continue at a later date.

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