10/22/2015 16:20 EDT | Updated 10/22/2016 01:12 EDT

Quebec looking into alleged sexual assault by police against native women

QUEBEC — The Quebec government says investigations into allegations of sexual assault by police officers against native women are nearly completed.

Public Security Minister Lise Theriault said in the legislature today her office first heard about the allegations last May.

Theriault says provincial police conducted the investigations even though the alleged brutality and sexual assault was perpetrated by members of the force in Val-d'Or, in northwestern Quebec.

She contends the probes are independent because the investigators in question are not from the same area.

The story broke ahead of tonight's broadcast of "Enquete," a Radio-Canada investigative program that has looked into the abuse allegations.

The Canadian Press