Quebec City police officer denies guilt in death of cyclist
Lawyer asks for more time
A Quebec City police officer is expected to plead not guilty to charges of criminal negligence causing death and dangerous driving causing the death of cyclist Guy Blouin.
Officer Simon Beaulieu appeared in court for the first time Friday after being charged in August following a provincial police investigation into the death in Quebec City on Sept. 3, 2014.
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Blouin, 38, died after being struck by a police cruiser while riding his bicycle in Quebec City's St.-Roch neighbourhood.
Witnesses at the time said Beaulieu sped backwards towards Blouin after driving by him on a one-way street. Blouin was struck and run over by the police cruiser.
Beaulieu and his partner put Blouin's bicycle in their trunk before returning it to the scene later and pulled Blouin off the ground after the collision, according to witnesses.
Officer maintains innocence
Beaulieu, 34, was present in court Friday where his lawyer Maxime Roy said he will enter a not guilty plea.
"Since the beginning, we've maintained that we will put all our energy to show he did nothing wrong and didn't break any laws," said Roy.
Roy asked for the case to be postponed, as he said he has not had enough time to review the substantial evidence being presented against his client.
Beaulieu is expected back in court on Dec. 15.
Members of a citizens' group which formed after the event were also in attendance at the Quebec City courthouse Friday.
Stuart Edwards of the Comité du 3 Septembre said he wants people to monitor the case.
"The truth coming out is important for the relationship between the police and the population, particularly for people in the Quartier St.-Roch," said Edwards.
Edwards said the committee was disappointed that no charges are being laid against Beaulieu's partner.