Calgary police shot and killed a man reported to be experiencing a mental heath crisis near in a northeast neighborhood of the city. The killing occurred at around 3:45 AM.
Police involvement with the man is said to have begun at around 10 AM in response to calls about a disturbance of some kind at a gym in the 2600 block of Country Hills Boulevard NE. While people involved had left one man was alleged to be circling the gym in his vehicle. Police closed the gym and the man allegedly drove off into a residential area, pursued by police.
Police followed the man until he stopped and entered a residence in Redstone. While the man was inside police allegedly tried to speak with the man. After doing a background check they came to believe the man was experiencing a mental health crisis. They towed his car and left at around 2:20 AM.
Shortly thereafter police allegedly received a noise complaint about loud music coming from the home and say they tried to speak with the man by phone. Officers patrolling the area apparently “encountered” the man at 3:45 AM near Redstone Drive and Redstone Street NE.
There police fired ARWEN (plastic projectile launcher) rounds at the man and he was eventually struck by a round or rounds from an officer’s handgun.
Few details have been released publicly. The claims made by police have not been independently confirmed publicly. The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in the province, is investigating.
Calgary police have a grim history of killing civilians. In 2016 they killed 10 people, more than any other municipal force in Canada.
The person shot and killed by Edmonton police on August 18, 2018, has been identified as 29-year-old Sterling Ross Cardinal, an Indigenous man from Calling Lake who was a father of three, including a two-month-old baby boy.
Said Jocelyn Coutrie, the month of the infant boy, said of Cardinal in a facebook post: “He always had a smile on his face. And he will be missed very much by me and his family. It hurts to think that he’s never coming home to me and our baby boy.”
Cardinal’s sister, Angelina Merkle, said he loved his family> In her words: “Regardless of who anyone is involved with and chooses to allow in their life, [it] doesn’t mean they are bad people. Life is not fair most times. Nobody is perfect. We, the family, lost a good, respected person. That will be sadly missed” (quoted in Ross 2018).
Another man, Clifford Johnathan Gladue (29), who was with Cardinal, was arrested by Edmonton police.
Ross, Andrea. 2018. “Man Shot and Killed by Edmonton Police Fired Rifle at Officers, Sources Say.” CBC News August 23. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/sterling-cardinal-police-shooting-1.4793590
Montreal police shot and killed a 23-year-old man in the borough of Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (NDG) during the evening of August 21, 2018. The victim has been identified as Nicholas Gibbs by the provincial bureau of independent investigations (BEI), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in Quebec.
The BEI reports that Montreal police were called to the intersection of Montclair Avenue and De Maisonneuve Boulevard regarding a fight that allegedly took place between two men Tuesday night. During the police encounter Nicholas Gibbs was shot and killed. The BEI claim that one officer opened fire, shooting the victim at least once. Residents in the neighborhood have claimed that they heard several shots and saw five or six police vehicles. Nicholas Gibbs was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Edmonton police shot and killed a man on Saturday, August 18, around 10 PM after responding to a two-vehicle collision just north of the Yellowhead Trail in the area of 66th Street and 123rd Avenue. The Edmonton Police Service has only said that an “incident occurred” between a male driver of one of the vehicles and officers, with one officer firing their weapon and killing the man.
A male passenger in the victim’s vehicle was taken into custody by Edmonton police. The driver and passenger in the other vehicle were not injured.
The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team, the agency that investigates police harm to civilians in Alberta, is now investigating the killing.
Killer cops in Canada rarely face consequences for their actions in Canada. Families of victims are often forced to sue to gain information about the killing of their loved ones or to see police who kill face some process of accountability.
On August 14, 2018, the family of Tracy Janvier (41) launched a civil lawsuit against RCMP Constable Michelle Phillips, the RCMP, and the federal government in the 2016 killing of their loved one. Janvier was run over and killed by Phillips on Alberta Highway 881, about 80 kilometers south of Fort McMurray on August 21, 2016. The suit, seeking $909,000, claims that Phillips was negligent and speeding, driving recklessly and carelessly when she struck and killed Tracy Janvier. Phillips also struck and injured a 71-year-old man.
Constable Phillips has been charged in the killing. In August 2017 she pleaded not guilty to charges of dangerous driving causing death and dangerous driving causing bodily harm. A preliminary hearing was held in June and a trial has been scheduled for April 2019.
A man has died on an airplane in Calgary while in custody of the Canadian Border Security Agency (CBSA) during an attempted deportation. The death occurred on August 7, 2018, but news only began filtering out two days later. Few details have been released publicly. It has only been said by CBSA that the man went into distress while officers attempted the deportation (an unsurprising outcome given the violence that is deportation).
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale would not speak to details about the death. Incredibly the death is being investigated only by the Calgary Police Service (another law enforcement agency, so cops are once again investigating cops) and the CBSA itself.