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DRINKING COFFEE LINKED TO REDUCED HEART FAILURE

Treatment of Black man to be investigat­ed

- SIDHARTHA BANERJEE

drinking one or more cups of caffeinate­d coffee daily may lower your risk for heart failure.

The finding that links heart failure and coffee consumptio­n stems from the analysis of three major studies on heart disease that, together, had followed 21,361 u.s. adults for at least 10 years.

In all three studies, the odds of developing heart failure declined for participan­ts who drank at least a cup of caffeinate­d coffee a day, but how much the risk fell varied. For instance, two of the studies found a decrease in risk of 5 to 12 per cent per cup consumed daily, compared with no coffee consumptio­n. The other study found no drop in risk for one cup a day but a 30 per cent reduction in risk for two or more cups a day.

In the report, published in an American Heart Associatio­n journal, researcher­s described caffeine as “an important contributo­r” to the heart failure risk reduction linked to coffee. They found drinking decaffeina­ted coffee did not have the same effect.

but the researcher­s and other experts stop short of recommendi­ng that people increase coffee consumptio­n.

MONTREAL • A Black Montreal man wrongfully arrested, charged with attempted murder of a police officer and detained for six days says he’s traumatize­d by the events that turned his life upside down in late January.

Mamadi III Fara Camara appeared Sunday on the popular radio-canada talk show, “Tout le monde en parle,” with his lawyer Virginie dufresne-lemire — his first interview since being exonerated.

Camara told the program he wasn’t permitted to speak to his family while in detention and described a harrowing six days in jail waiting for the case to play out. He said when he arrived at the detention centre he felt the guards perceived him as a “monster.”

He said it “was a great relief” to learn he had been cleared of all charges.

“... but I expected it because since the day of my arrest, I have never ceased to proclaim my innocence,” Camara said. “If they had listened to me from that day to understand my story, maybe it would not have taken six days.”

“It was a very traumatizi­ng episode.”

Camara was arrested Jan. 28 after a police officer was allegedly disarmed and attacked with his own service weapon, following a traffic stop in Montreal’s Parc extension borough.

He told the television hosts that after receiving a $500 ticket for allegedly driving with a cellphone in his hand, he never left his vehicle.

Moments after ticketing

Camara, Montreal police officer Sanjay Vig was viciously attacked from behind as he returned to his patrol car. His gun, taken from him in the process, has not been found.

dufresne-lemire said for legal reasons, her client couldn’t go any further into the details of the case, but said she could tell his story.

She said Camara had witnessed the assault on the officer and had called 911 from his car seat. A police officer who spoke to Camara at the scene took his story and told him he could leave, dufresne-lemire said.

The lawyer said by the time Camara got to his house — which wasn’t far from the crime scene — the street was blocked off and he was stopped by police. The injured officer had suspected his attacker was the last person he had stopped for an alleged traffic violation, she said.

“He leaves to go home and the street is already blocked,” said dufresne-lemire.

“The police are already looking for his car.”

dufresne-lemire said what happened was a clear case of “tunnel vision” by police officers, who she said focused on the attacked officer’s version of events and ignored other evidence — or lack thereof — in her client’s case.

She said officers drew their weapons at Camara and pulled him out of his car through the car window. While he was on the ground, an officer put a foot on his head to immobilize him, dufresne-lemire said.

“The testimony of the wounded officer became the story,” she said. No attempt was made to look at “facts or absence of facts,” she said.

Following his arrest, she said an officer spoke to Camara and concluded in a written report that he was a witness. Camara nonetheles­s underwent hours of interrogat­ions and was jailed for six days.

He was released after prosecutor­s said evidence had surfaced absolving him, mainly highway surveillan­ce footage that showed a third person at the scene.

A few days later, DNA evidence cleared Camara conclusive­ly and Montreal’s police chief apologized publicly Feb. 5. Chief Sylvain Caron also visited Camara’s home and apologized to him personally.

No arrests have been made in the attack on the officer.

Camara, 31, is a graduate student who oversees a lab at Polytechni­que Montreal. His wife is pregnant with twins. He was welcomed back to campus but said the trauma has so far prevented him from working.

The government has ordered an independen­t investigat­ion into the case, led by Quebec Superior Court Justice Louis dionne, slated to begin Feb. 22.

dufresne-lemire said a transparen­t process is needed to get to the bottom of what happened, and she has not ruled out launching a civil suit against authoritie­s.

The question of race and racial profiling “played a role in the evolution of the dossier,” the lawyer said, and, clearly, “elements are missing” from the file with which the Quebec’s office of criminal prosecutio­ns worked. “We need the file of what the DPCP had,” she said.

HE LEAVES TO GO HOME AND ... THE POLICE ARE ALREADY LOOKING FOR HIS CAR.

 ?? GRAHAM HUGHES / THE CANADIAN PRESS ?? People attend a We Are All Camara protest in Montreal on Saturday, calling for justice for Mamadi III Fara Camara,
a man who was wrongfully arrested by police and jailed for six days.
GRAHAM HUGHES / THE CANADIAN PRESS People attend a We Are All Camara protest in Montreal on Saturday, calling for justice for Mamadi III Fara Camara, a man who was wrongfully arrested by police and jailed for six days.

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