8 Quebec police officers suspended over allegations of abuse against aboriginal women

Eight Quebec police officers have been suspended over allegations of sexual misconduct and other abuse against aboriginal women.

Public Security Minister Lise Theriault announced the suspensions Friday, a day after Radio-Canada’s investigative “Enquete” program aired interviews with 12 women. One of them alleged that police officers took her to a remote road in northwestern Quebec and asked her to perform oral sex for $200.

Theriault said the allegations first came to her attention in May.

Provincial police Capt. Guy Lapointe says nine officers in the provincial police force were involved in the allegations but one of them has since died.

Theriault said the investigation has been transferred to the Montreal police force amid criticism the provincial force was investigating its own.

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