No charges to be laid in the death of Riley Fairholm

By Matthew McCully

The office of the crown prosecutor (Directeur des poursuites criminelles et pénales-DPCP) released a statement Monday explaining that no charges will be laid against Sûreté du Québec (SQ) officers in the shooting death of 17-year-old Brome Lake teen Riley Fairholm. In the early morning of July 25, 2018 Riley Fairholm was intercepted by six SQ officers, walking alone near the corner of Knowlton Road and Victoria Street in Brome Lake carrying a BB gun. After refusing to drop his weapon, Riley was shot once in the forehead. According to the DPCP, the analysis of the evidence does not reveal the commission of a criminal offence by the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) police. “We’re not surprised,” Wing said, adding she had yet to fully process the information. The announcement was sent to media outlets at the same time as the decision was being explained to Wing. “We did learn some things,” Wing said. “She didn’t convince us that the officer was justified when the other five didn’t even raise their weapons.” See full story in the Tuesday, Oct. 29 edition of The Record.

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