The president of Montreal’s police union says officers here are a target for attacks because of the multi-ethnic makeup of the city. Officers “are not immune to the possibility of attack specifically because of the Muslim population,” he says.
CBC (h/t Susan K) When asked about his statements on CBC’s Daybreak, Francoeur said radicalized Islamic attacks are a factor the police need to consider. He said the police have good relationships with Muslim leaders, but that radical attacks are a concern for the police force.
Francoeur said there’s still an ongoing investigation into the man arrested on Friday for allegedly making threats against police, but he believes the man was motivated by religion. “I know from the investigation, there was a relation with religion – Islam.”
A spokesman for the Montreal police department has not confirmed that Islam, or any religion, was involved in that arrest. (But the threatener was Muslim, of course! canada-muslim-man-arrested-for-making-terrorist-threats-against-montreal-police)