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Man “Falls to Death” in Montreal Police Custody (July 30, 2020)

A 29-year-old man died in Montreal police custody on July 30, 2020. According to the Bureau des enquêtes indépendantes (BEI), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in Quebec, the man fell from the balcony of his 14th floor apartment after police allegedly took him there to receive some documents following his arrest. The BEI reports that the man had been arrested at around 2:30 that afternoon. According to the BEI, police claim the man threw himself off the balcony.

The BEI has assigned six investigators to examine the circumstances of the man’s death. The BEI is not an independent agency and relies on police from other forces to assist with investigations.


Man Pepper Sprayed, Dies During Arrest by Sherbrooke Police (July 25, 2020)

A 33-year-old man has died after being pepper sprayed and arrested by Sherbrooke police early in the morning of July 25, 2020.

Quebec’s police watchdog, the Bureau des enquêtes indépendantes (BEI), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in the province, is investigating the death. They report that police were responding to a call about an altercation in front of a business at around 10:15 AM.

The BEI claim that when police arrived one of the two men in the alleged altercation ran away. They report that an officer chased down that man and pepper-sprayed him. During arrest the man lost consciousness. He was taken to hospital and died there a few hours later.

The BEI has assigned eight investigators to the case. The BEI is not independent and relies on other police forces to carry out investigations, In this case, they are relying on the Quebec provincial police (SQ), to provide a forensics specialist.


Clive Mensah Identified as Man Killed by Peel Police in November 2019

Clive Mensah, a 30-year-old Black man, has been identified as the person killed by Peel Regional Police in Mississauga, Ontario, on November 20, 2019. Mr. Mensah’s family came forward publicly with this information on July 21, 2020, partly inspired by the growing attention to police killings of Black and Indigenous people in Canada and the Black Lives Matter movement. Those mobilizations have brought a focus on police killings of people experiencing mental health crises or as part of police “wellness checks” (which are not about wellness at all).

They report that since their loved one’s killing in 2019, they have heard almost nothing from investigators with the Special Investigations Unit (SIU). They are desperate for answers about why police killed their family member, who was unarmed and known to struggle with mental health issues.

Hospital records from the killing show that Mensah was “Tased approximately six times.” He was found lying on the ground and handcuffed by paramedics. The hospital report also records that paramedics faced a delay in reaching the victim because “police cruisers blocked roadway to scene.” Paramedics reportedly had to park between 15 to 18 meters away from where Mr. Mensah lay.

Here was the initial Killer Cops Canada report at the time:

“A 30-year-old man has died after being tasered by Peel Regional Police in Mississauga, Ontario (Greater Toronto Area), during an aggressive arrest.

According to the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), the agency that investigates cases of police harm to civilians in Ontario, Peel Regional Police say they were called to Runningbrook Drive in Mississauga at around 3:15 AM on report of a “suspicious male causing a disturbance.” Officers allegedly encountered the man in the backyard of a residence and, according to the SIU, some type of “struggle ensued.”

SIU spokesperson Monica Hudon reports: “As part of the struggle, several use-of-force options were used, including the deployment of a conducted energy weapon.” The man was taken into custody and soon after lost consciousness. According to Hudon, the victim was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead shortly around 4:19 AM.

No other details have yet been released publicly, including the nature of force or compliance measures used by police against the victim during the fatal encounter and arrest.

This is the second death in Mississauga in months involving conducted energy weapons. The SIU is still investigating the death of a 34-year-old man when police used a stun gun against him on September 10, 2019. These are not “non-lethal” weapons as has been shown in numerous cases.”


Ontario Provincial Police Shoot and Kill 73-Year-Old Man (July 15, 2020)

Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers shot and killed a 73-year-old man outside a residence north of Haliburton. The Special Investigations Unit (SIU), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in the province, is investigating. According to the SIU, police allege that the man assaulted people at a grocery store in Minden (several kilometers away). No further details about the alleged assault(s) have been released at this time.

The SIU report that the OPP were called to the Valu-mart grocery store on Highway 35 in Minden at around 9:30 AM. A man left the grocery store and drove away in a vehicle. Police claim an officer observed this and after a run of the vehicle’s licence plate, went directly to the associated residence.

Outside the residence police shot and killed the man. He was pronounced dead at hospital around noon.

The SIU has assigned four investigators and two forensic investigators to examine the case.


Victim of Hamilton Police Killing Identified as Jason Peterson

The man shot by Hamilton police on July 7, 2020, has been identified as Jason Peterson (42). Mr. Peterson died on July 8.

Video from the scene shows that the time between Jason Peterson leaving Corner’s Variety and being shot by police was less than 40 seconds.


Hamilton Police Shoot and Kill 42-Year-Old Man (July 7-8, 2020)

A 42-year-old man shot by Hamilton police on July 7, died in hospital on July 8, 2020. The Special Investigations Unit (SIU), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in Ontario, is investigating. The SIU reports that Hamilton police claim the man was sitting in a vehicle when officers approached him with two officers firing their weapons. These officers are the focus of the SIU investigation along with four witness officers. It is also reported that several civilian witnesses have been interviewed. Video footage has allegedly been secured as well.

A second person received what have been called minor injuries. No details on the nature of those injuries have been released at this time.


Halifax District RCMP Shoot and Kill 60-Year-Old Man (July 9, 2020)

Halifax District RCMP shot and killed a 60-year-old man in Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia, on the evening of July 9, 2020. Nova Scotia’s Serious Incident Response Team (SIRT), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in the province, is investigating. Few details have been released so far. It has been reported that police were called to a home in Eastern Passage over a report of an armed man uttering threats. On arrival they found the 60-year-old man outside of a home. Police claim he was armed with a weapon and did not respond to their directions. At some point they discharged their firearms striking and killing the man. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.


Man Dies in Edmonton Police Custody (June 24, 2020)

A man has died in Edmonton police custody only a few hours after being arrested in the early morning of June 24, 2020. The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in the province, is investigating. It has been reported that the man was arrested for “public intoxication” after police responded to a call at a gas station near 51st Avenue and 122nd Street in the Lansdowne neighborhood at around 4 AM. Police claim the man “appeared to be on drugs” so it appears that this is another drug war death based on assumptions about appearance.

The man was arrested and taken to the Southwest Division station in Windermere. At around 7 AM, the victim was found unresponsive in his holding cell. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A spokesperson for Edmonton Police Service has said publicly that details could not be provided about how often the man was checked while he was detained in the holding cell.


Sûreté du Québec (SQ) Shoot and Kill 53-Year-Old Man in Lavaltrie (June 22, 2020)

Quebec’s provincial police force (Sûreté du Québec, SQ) shot and killed a 53-year-old man in Lavaltrie, Quebec (Lanaudière region), on June 22, 2020. The Bureau des enquetes independantes (Bureau of Independent Investigations, BEI), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in the province, is investigating the killing.

The BEI report that provincial police were called to a home in Lavaltrie around 8:20 PM in response to an alleged domestic dispute between a man and a woman. Police removed the man from the home but escorted him back inside to retrieve his wallet and some belongings. According to the BEI, police claim that once inside the man took a knife and injured himself. In response, as is far too typical, an SQ officer shot him and killed him.

Once again, when faced with someone apparently in distress and believed to pose a harm to themselves, police take action to do worse harm to the person. They act hastily to kill them.

In the last two weeks alone, the BEI has opened six investigations into police violence, including the RCMP killing of Rodney Levi, a Metepenagiag First Nation man, in New Brunswick.

The BEI is not an independent investigative agency. They rely on other police forces to do their investigations. The Montreal police service will be taking part in the investigation of this killing. The very force that killed a 51-year-old man two days before.


Man Dies After Being Pepper Sprayed and Subdued by Montreal Police (June 20, 2020)

A 51-year-old man died after being pepper sprayed and subdued by Montreal police late Saturday night. According to the Bureau des enquetes independantes (Bureau of Independent Investigations, BEI), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians, Montreal police responded at around 10:40 PM to calls about a domestic dispute at a hotel on Sherbrooke Street. According to the BEI, the man ran once police arrived and officers chased him for about 300 meters.

Police allegedly caught up to him near the corner of Ontario and Saint-Timothée streets, where they pepper sprayed, subdued, and handcuffed him. During the takedown and arrest, the man lost consciousness and did not have a pulse. He was taken to hospital and pronounced dead there.

The BEI has initially assigned six investigators to the killing. They are also using a forensic expert with the provincial police force (SQ) to assist with the investigation. It is thus not an independent investigation, and police are involved in investigating police.