Trial begins for Montreal police officer charged in loss of life of Black man

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The trial for a Montreal police officer charged within the loss of life of a Black man in Montreal North 4 years in the past begins on Monday.

Bony Jean-Pierre, 46, was injured throughout a police intervention in March 2016. He died in hospital a couple of days later.

Officer Christian Gilbert, 51, was charged with manslaughter the next year. He pleaded not responsible Monday morning.

Jean-Pierre’s loss of life led to unrest within the borough on the time — together with a violent evening of protest throughout which the local police station was vandalized — and renewed requires improved race relations in Montreal North.

The trial is scheduled for 5 weeks.

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