A witness has reported that the young man shot and killed by Hamilton police on April 3, 2018, was a 19-year-old. According to the witness, who lives in the neighborhood where the killing occurred, someone called 911 asking for help but when police arrived the victim was chased by officers. The witness says that they saw police attempt to deploy a taser and when that failed they shot the victim three times, including in the face. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has since confirmed the victim’s age as 19. Few other details have been released publicly.
The killing occurred near a townhouse complex on the west side of Hamilton Mountain at around 3:30 PM. Two officers are reported to have fired their weapons, striking and killing the young man.
The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has assigned five investigators and three forensics specialists to examine the killing. The SIU has identified four witness officers.
The victim was reported to be from the area where police killed him. The witness also reports that the shooting occurred in full view of children who were outside playing hockey at the time.
The Special Investigations Unit (SIU), the agency that examines cases of police violence in Ontario, is investigating the shooting and killing of a man by Hamilton police on the West Mountain on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 3, 2018. It is reported that officers responded to a call at a townhouse complex on Caledon Avenue. The victim was transported to hospital but has been pronounced dead. At least two witnesses have reported that the man was shot. This is an initial report and other details have not been released publicly.
On Tuesday, April 3, 2018 a charge of manslaughter was sworn against British Columbia killer cop RCMP Constable Jason Tait for shooting and killing Waylon Edey on January 29, 2015 near Castlegar. Edey was a father of four from Yahk. The charge is a rare decision against a killer cop in Canada.
The charge comes more than a year after the Independent Investigations Office (IIO) completed its investigation, according to a statement from the BC Prosecution Service. The IIO report was submitted in December of 2016. Said the statement: “The investigation and charge assessment process were protracted due, in part, to the complexities of the evidentiary issues in the case and the requirement for further investigation and analysis.”
Constable Tait was a member of an RCMP traffic unit at the time of the shooting near Castlegar. He shot and killed Waylon Edey during a traffic stop.
Waylon Edey’s mother, Deborah Edey, has filed a lawsuit against British Columbia’s Minister of Public Safety and Canada’s Attorney General as well as the RCMP officer who shot Edey. She is suing on behalf of her grandchildren, who range in age from 22 to 14. The suit claims that Waylon Edey was unarmed at the time he was shot and that the use of deadly force was unwarranted.
Killer cop Jason Tait is scheduled to make his first appearance in provincial court in British Columbia on April 30, 2018.