Quebec’s police watchdog completes report on Nunavik man’s death

Sandy Alaku, 48, of Salluit died last July after being crushed by a police vehicle

The Bureau des enquêtes indépendantes has handed its report on the death of Sandy Alaku of Salluit to Quebec prosecutors and the Office of the Coroner. (File photo)

By Jane George

Quebec’s police watchdog has completed its investigation into the death of a Salluit man during an operation of the Kativik Regional Police Force in July 2019.

The Bureau des enquêtes indépendantes, or “BEI,” the body that investigates police-involved deaths in Quebec, handed its report to Quebec’s prosecutors office and to the Office of the Coroner on March 2.

On the basis of this report, prosecutors will determine whether charges should be laid against the police officers involved in the death of 48-year-old Sandy Alaku, the BEI said in a news release on Monday, March 9.

The BEI said its investigation found:

• On July 5, 2019, at about 10:30 p.m., several calls were made to the KRPF concerning a fight involving several people in a Salluit residence. Two police arrived on the scene and saw someone in front of the house. That individual was dragging a man who seemed unconscious and was bleeding profusely in the head.

• The police quickly left their vehicle to stop and control the attacker.

• As they tried to handcuff the attacker, the police vehicle started to move slowly, “by itself,” and rolled on to the back of Alaku who was still lying on the ground, on his stomach, the BEI said.

• The police went to help Alaku and took him to the health centre.

• After several resuscitation attempts, Alaku’s death was declared at 11:45 p.m.

Salluit, on Nunavik’s Hudson Strait, has a population of about 1,600 people.

The BEI said its entire report on Alaku’s death would not be made public because it contained sensitive and confidential information, including statements from those involved and witnesses.

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  1. Posted by Stella S on

    I’m sorry but I have to say this.
    The police didn’t mean to crush his body. Accidents happen and that man was beaten to death by choice. The guy I know is really a good guy and respect his job as he is the police officer, he really loves Salluit even wanted to work there as long as he can even if he really missed his family. He saw his family after 3 years of working. He was first to see many suicides. And ofcourse was told bad words because he does his job. It was this one mistake, he doesn’t deserve to be charged and just spend the rest of his life in a jail!!!! You guys wouldn’t want that. Respect your workers and press charges the low life guy who is not even sorry about what he did! enjoying his life freely and dangerously!!

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