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Homicide in Quebec | Kim Lebel’s parents denounce a “fine brooch” system

(Quebec) Kim Lebel’s parents broke the silence on Monday in an emotional meeting with the press, during which they told how they tried by all means to warn the authorities that a drama was being prepared, of the days before their sons are arrested for the murder of a neighbor.

Updated here at 3:12 p.m.

Gabriel Béland

Gabriel Béland
La Presse

“If we can help other families, so much the better.” For us others, it’s too late “, launched Daniel Lebel, whose son was accused of having Jacques Côté, 65, last April 6 in Lac-Saint-Charles, north of Quebec.

Accompanied by their lawyer, Me Marc Bellemare, the parents told how they did it, until they saw a judge, to correct their 30-year-old son before becoming a psychiatrist. Their assessment was abandoned by the Quebec City Police Service (SPVQ) and it is thought that police officers were able to apprehend the death of Jacques Côté, who had been hit by metal bars.

They did not take us seriously despite all the stages that we, the parents, have done. This drama will never come, everything is in place to avoid it.

Lucie Drouin, mother of Kim Lebel

Kim Lebel’s mother said she had alerted the SPVQ on Monday 4 April. Parents inquire about the mental health of their children, suspecting a psychosis that may have serious consequences. The police officers met their sons, but did not give any information.

“Daniel and I have insisted on several reprisals for looking for them and especially meeting a psychiatrist. We insisted on our few things to the gestures that could pose our sons “, said the mother.

Lendemain, they contacted the organism La Boussole, a mental health assistance group. Thanks to the help of the organism, a judge agreed to punish the case of Kim Lebel on April 6, a few hours before the death of Jacques Côté. The tribunal ordered the young man’s psychiatric examination shortly after 11 am.

The parents were therefore taken to the Victoria Park Police Station in Quebec, with the main order this afternoon.

“Of course, I’m a lazy person, a lack of pressure, a lack of understanding of the danger I’m expressing at the moment. “Please help me,” I was told, “said Lucie Drouin.

«Finally someone arrives. I repeat to the police the situation, I talk about psychosis, danger for us and society and for him also, still there, waiting. It comes and I say: “Dispatch, send a patrol, do something”. »

“It repairs and comes back to me from not asking, to return with us, that they will make verifications on the antecedents. »

Pursuivre la Ville?

The parents therefore left, inquired, at Lac-Saint-Charles. Upon their arrival, the pier was produced. Kim Lebel, “who was in crisis, would be taken by citizens and a 65-year-old man to lose his life during the aggression”, according to a statement from the Bureau of Independent Investigations (EIB), which opened an investigation into the work of police officers.

Homicide in Quebec | Kim Lebel's parents denounce a "fine brooch" system

PHOTO ERICK LABBÉ, LE SOLEIL

The lawyer for Kim Lebel’s parents, Me Marc Bellemare

It is not normal to wait four hours from the judge’s order. Police officers would immediately rush to look for the little ones. It’s an unforgivable mistake, in my opinion.

Marc Bellemare, Lawyer for Kim Lebel’s Parents

“We think that this murder would have been avoided if we had neutralized Kim from the order, dit Me Bellemare. Because the post of Victoria up to Lac-Saint-Charles is only four hours away. »

Kim Lebel was arrested and charged with murder in the second degree. Parents do not support the idea of ​​pursuing the City of Quebec.

“How can the Mayor of Quebec have complete confidence in the Quebec police after what has happened?” », Asks Kim Lebel’s mother, who offers her condolences to the victim’s family.

The SPVQ indicated in a statement on April 8 that “police officers are governed by the fact that they were at their disposal at the time of the events”.

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