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Gatineau police officers who allegedly beat Senegalese diplomat will not face charges

April 21, 2023  By The Canadian Press

Apr. 21, 2023, Montreal, Que. – Quebec’s prosecution service says it will not lay charges against the Gatineau, Que., police officers who allegedly beat a Senegalese diplomat in August.

Spokeswoman Patricia Johnson says prosecutors ruled out charges after they received a report on the incident by Quebec’s police watchdog – Bureau des enquetes independantes.

The Senegalese Embassy has alleged that diplomat Niang Oumou Kalsoum Sall was beaten so severely by police that she had to be transported to hospital.

Gatineau police have said they were called to the diplomat’s residence to assist a bailiff attempting to seize property in connection with a court order for her to pay a former landlord $45,000.

Police claimed Kalsoum Sall, who has diplomatic immunity, bit and struck officers who arrived at the scene.

The Senegalese Embassy in Ottawa did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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