Investigation of alleged abuses by Quebec police to have woman observer

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard responds to the Opposition during question period at the Quebec legislature, Tuesday Nov. 3, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Clement Allard

MONTREAL – Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard announced a woman will be named the independent observer of an investigation into alleged police abuse of aboriginal women.

Couillard told reporters Tuesday that he’s narrowed down the list of possibilities to two or three people and hopes to announce the appointment soon.

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Eight Quebec provincial police officers have been suspended amid allegations of assault, sexual misconduct and other abuses of power against aboriginal women.

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The alleged incidents are reported to have occurred in the northwestern Quebec town of Val d’Or over several years and were the subject of a Radio-Canada investigative report.

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Montreal police have been tasked with investigating the allegations.

Couillard is scheduled to meet with the chief of the Assembly of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador on Wednesday in Montreal to discuss the allegations.