Arrest at École Béatrice-Desloges: the work of the police under the magnifying glass

On Friday, hundreds of students from Béatrice-Desloges Catholic High School in Ottawa’s eastern side took part in a vociferous demonstration to denounce the application. humiliating the dress code of the establishment.

They denounced the way the school staff unexpectedly checked the clothes of their students – the majority of them girls.

On Friday, students at Béatrice-Desloges high school demonstrated loudly against the application of the dress code.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Angie Bonenfant

A young man, who does not go to school, was handcuffed and arrested by officers for trespassing. He was escorted from the school grounds and later released.

The video of his arrest was widely circulated on social media and sparked outrage. Several have criticized the behavior of the police.

I don’t immediately see the need to escalate the situationresponded the alderman of the Kitchissippi district, Jeff Leiperon his Twitter account. I spoke to the police to express my disagreement that I had physically controlled the young man, even though he had committed an offence.

[Je me demande] why the intervention of the Ottawa police was necessary without [avoir tenté] further de-escalationthe Cumberland ward councilor wrote, Catherine Kittson the social network. I’m concerned about the whole situation.

After a 28-day illegal occupation of downtown Ottawa, marked by little police action, Catherine McKenney, who represents the neighborhood Somersetfinds the police response to a demonstration rejecting an application sexist dress code of astonishing

Response from police and school [et du conseil scolaire] against this peaceful protest put the students in danger from the start.

A quote from Catherine McKenney, Representing Citizens of Somerset Ward. represents

If the chosen [y compris les membres de la Commission de services policiers] don’t question the actions of the police, so who will?

Appropriate response from the police, says acting chief

The Acting Chief of Police of Ottawa (OPS), Steve Bell, defended the behavior of his agents in a letter to members of the police who demanded clarification. He insists that his men responded appropriately in an effort to maintain public safety

The 911 center received three calls from citizens and employees of École Béatrice-Desloges who were concerned about the safety of students demonstrating on the side of the road while cars drove at high speed, he writes.

During the protest, the police were called in as reinforcements.

During the protest, the police were called in as reinforcements.

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Several officers arrived on the scene to control traffic flow and keep students off the roadwayhe continues. Officials are required to respond to these types of calls when the safety of young people or other members of the public is at risk.

The calls sparked a legitimate police response.

A quote from Steve Bell, Acting Head, OPS

The demonstration passed off peacefully, but the situation was disrupted when two teenagers who did not attend school started inciting the crowd, the acting police chief said.

Après ces avertissements et les interactions, l’un de ces jeunes a été arrêté sur les lieux.”,”text”:”Les deux jeunes ont été informés au moins cinq fois par un agent qu’ils ne devaient pas se tenir sur la propriété et qu’ils devaient rester à l’écart de la chaussée de l’autre côté de la route. […]Après ces avertissements et les interactions, l’un de ces jeunes a été arrêté sur les lieux.”}}”>The two youths were told at least five times by an officer not to stand on the property and to stay clear of the lane on the other side of the road. […] After these warnings and interactions, one of these youths was arrested on the spot.

Council satisfied with police work

The Inspector of Education of the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE), Jason Dupuis, also believes that the police’s job has been done well.

A man stands behind a microphone.

Jason Dupuis, head of education at the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE).

Photo: Radio-Canada / Angie Bonenfant

I think they did a great jobhe said in an interview with CBC. Our students were very respectful in the way they protested, but unfortunately the students who were outside our school did not cooperate.

I saw behavior that was unacceptable to me and the police did what they had to do.

A quote from Jason Dupuis, Head of Education at CECCE

Mr. Dupuis was also at the Béatrice-Desloges school on Monday to continue his research. He met students and collected testimonies related to last Friday’s events.

The board administration is currently reviewing dress code policies for all schools and assessing what changes can be made, he said.

It’s all on the tablehe launched. We look at what is possible. We really want to maintain good cooperation with both the students and the political table. […] We’re going to work with all these groups to make sure we set up something where the students feel good and come to school to learn.

Students demonstrate in front of Béatrice-Desloges secondary school

Students demonstrate in front of Béatrice-Desloges high school

Photo: Radio-Canada / Angie Bonenfant

However, students who met on the school grounds remain skeptical about the investigation and steps taken by the school board.

blitz était normal, que ce n’était rien d’extrême et que le monde exagère”,”text”:”Je trouve qu’ils essaient vraiment de juste changer l’histoire des élèves puis dire qu’ils n’ont pas demandé aux filles de se pencher, que le blitz était normal, que ce n’était rien d’extrême et que le monde exagère”}}”>I think they really try to change the students’ story and then say that they didn’t ask the girls to bend over, that the blitz was normal, that it was nothing extreme and that the world is exaggeratingcomplains Sophie Talbot, 16.

I feel like the school is trying to maintain its reputation – but frankly it just frustrates people more – and it will only get worse.supported for his part Dia-Maria Nasser, 16 years old.

Disappointed, some students plan a march [un walkout] Tuesday at 12.15 pm around the school to protest against the members of the board who blitz

With information from Fiona Collinne and Nafi Alibert

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