Man Who Died After Being Injured in Montreal Jail Was in ‘Illegal’ Detention

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Family, friends and assemblage members gathered Friday evening to mourn and retrieve a 21-year-old man who died successful infirmary aft being injured wrong a Montreal jail connected Christmas Eve.

Nicous D’Andre Spring was being illegally detained astatine the detention centre known arsenic Bordeaux jail, according to Quebec’s Public Security Department.

Around 150 radical showed up to the candlelight vigil successful Benny Park successful Montreal’s Notre-Dame-de-Grâce neighbourhood, a spot wherever D’Andre Spring would bent out, said his puerility person Brandon Ragain.

Ragain said the information D’Andre Spring was detained illegally makes his decease harder to woody with.

“This is idiosyncratic I grew up with. It’s hard for me, but his parent is implicit determination crying her eyes out, and that is thing that is ne'er going to change,” helium said successful an interrogation earlier the vigil. “She is ever going to consciousness this for the remainder of her life.”

With euphony playing arsenic a tribute to the aspiring rapper, radical held candles successful the aerial and cried out, immoderate with tears streaming down their faces.

Some mourners carried signs with messages specified arsenic “We emotion you, Nicous” and “(Notre-Dame-de-Grâce) NDG loves you.”

Ragain described D’Andre Spring arsenic a “gentle giant” who would assistance strangers successful need. He said helium was a soft-spoken young man chasing his dream.

Ragain talked astir Quebec Premier François Legault, who connected aggregate occasions has denied determination is systemic racism successful the province.

“We already knew that determination was injustice successful Quebec going connected with the system, but Legault is saying it is not a existent thing, but you tin spot however it is tearing down communities here,” helium said.

Quebec’s Public Security Department has said D’Andre Spring should person been released connected Dec. 23 aft helium appeared virtually successful tribunal earlier that day.

One jailhouse defender has been suspended successful narration to his death, which is being investigated by provincial constabulary and the coroner’s office.

Marie-Josée Montminy, a spokeswoman for the department, has said it volition besides behaviour an probe into D’Andre Spring’s decease and amerciable detention.

Neither the constabulary nor the authorities has released details astir what happened wrong the jailhouse that led to his death.

“I privation each the airy to beryllium shed connected these events,” said Public Security Minister François Bonnardel connected Twitter Thursday.

“To bash this, respective investigations are underway. The mistakes made volition person to beryllium assumed and answered.”

D’Andre Spring appeared successful tribunal connected Dec. 23 connected charges of assaulting a bid officer, transgression harassment and possessing a limb for a unsafe purpose. He was besides facing 2 counts of failing to comply with a information of release. He had pleaded not blameworthy to each the charges.

He was besides charged respective times successful 2021 with failing to comply with a information of release, arsenic good arsenic connected 1 number of assaulting a constabulary officer. In 2020, helium was charged with robbery, battle with a limb and battle causing bodily harm.

The Canadian Press