McGill student arrested in Redpath Library

A McGill student was taken into custody by two Montreal police officers and a McGill security guard in the Redpath Library on April 11 for making threats.

The 23-year-old woman will not be facing charges, said Veronique Contois, a spokesperson for the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SVPM) in a phone call with The McGill Tribune.

“She was arrested [for making] a threat, but she was released with [. . .] no charge.”

Contois declined to elaborate on the reasons for the arrest.

An eyewitness described the arrest, which occurred at 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, as an ambush.

“[They] seemed to know exactly where their target was seated,” a Reddit user, who chose to remain anonymous, wrote to the Tribune. “McGill security asked for her ID, she said she didn’t have it on her [….] Then [the police officers] asked the student to ‘take all [her] stuff and come with us’, to which the student responded ‘why?’ [The officers] discretely said ‘we need to ask you a few questions.’”

This account was corroborated by a student eyewitness interviewed at the scene, who chose to remain unnamed.

“They asked to see her ID and left quietly,” the witness said.

According to a post made to the McGill subreddit on Wednesday night, police had been seen in the library multiple times this week, though this could not be independently verified.

McGill Security did not respond to requests for comment, citing student confidentiality.


This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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