A man fell from a bridge to his death during a police encounter in St. Catharines, Ontario early in the day on January 19, 2019. The Special Investigations Unit (SIU), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in Ontario, is investigating the death. According to the SIU Niagara Regional Police were called to a location just south of the city’s downtown. The SIU say that a man was sitting on the Burgoyne Bridge on St. Paul Street West, overlooking Highway 406. They report that some time after police officers arrived, the man went over the edge and landed on the highway below. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
No further details have been provided publicly, including the reason police were called in the first place or why they decided to confront someone sitting on a bridge.
The SIU has assigned five investigators to the case, including one forensic specialist. A post-mortem has been scheduled for Monday, January 21.
A police chase in Sorel-Tracy, Quebec, ended with the death of a 20-year-old man on the morning of October 30, 2018. Quebec’s investigations unit, the Bureau des enquêtes indépendantes (BEI), the agency that investigates cases of police harm to civilians in the province, claims that initial information suggests the 20-year-old driver of a vehicle being chased by Quebec provincial police (Sûreté du Québec, SQ) crashed into a parked vehicle. The young man was killed in the impact of the crash.
The BEI reports that the chase started when police tried to pull the SUV driver over because of an alleged traffic violation. The SQ decided to initiate a pursuit even though they are known to put lives at risk and even though the initial interaction was over only a traffic violation.
The BEI has assigned eight investigators to examine what occurred. The BEI is not an independent agency and they rely on the Montreal police service to provide a forensic identification expert and two collision reconstruction experts.
The Special Investigations Unit (SIU), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in Ontario, is investigating the death of a man who fell from a raised lane on Highway 401 in Toronto during an encounter with an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer. According to the SIU, OPP responded to a pedestrian on the eastbound collector lanes of Highway 401 near Yonge Street at about 1:55 AM, Tuesday, September 18, 2018. The SIU claim the man ran away after the officer spoke with him. He allegedly fell through a separation between the highway’s collector and express lanes to the ground below. The man was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:55 AM.
Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in the province, is investigating the death of a man during an engagement with Kawartha Lakes police on September 16, 2018 at Lindsay, Ontario. According to the SIU, the police were responding to a 911 call when they encountered a 34-year-old man. The SIU claims the man fled from police and went into the Scugog River where police lost track of him. His body was retrieved from the river by underwater search and rescue on September 17.
None of the police claims or the circumstances of the death have been independently confirmed publicly. The relationship of the man to the initial 911 call has not been released publicly.
A 43-year-old man has died following arrest by Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers in Bolton, Ontario, Monday, July 23, 2018.
The Special Investigations Unit (SIU), the agency that investigates cases of police harm to civilians in Ontario, reports that police responded to calls made to 911 at around 1:45 PM regarding a man in a vehicle in a business parking lot in the community northwest of Toronto. According to the SIU, OPP officers from the Caledon detachment found the man and arrested him. At some point they then called for paramedics. The man, who has not been identified publicly, was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead at about 4:30 PM. No further details, including the cause of death have been released publicly. The reported details have not been independently confirmed publicly.
High speed police chases are known to be dangerous and deadly. Yet police continue to engage in them even where the fleeing person is only suspected of harmless or minimally harmful activity. And people continue to be killed as a result.
On July 19, 2018, a 63-year-old man was killed during a police chase in Trois-Rivières, Quebec. Initial reports suggest that the incident occurred around noon as the car that the victim was riding in was hit by a vehicle driven by someone in a high-speed pursuit by police.
According to Quebec’s bureau of independent investigations (Bureau des enquêtes indépendantes, BEI), the agency that investigates cases of police harm to civilians in the province, the chase started during a police crackdown on people not wearing seat belts and involved police pursuing a vehicle with an expired license plate. For that police were willing to throw all care to the wind—and a person was killed as a result.
The BEI has assigned 12 investigators to the case.
A man was left dead after RCMP fired several rounds during a traffic stop at a rest area about 20 kilometers northwest of Whitecourt, Alberta. Whitecourt RCMP claim that officers tried to stop a vehicle on Highway 43 and as they approached the vehicle discharged their firearms. An adult male involved in the police shooting was later found dead. No further details have been released publicly and the police claims have not been independently confirmed.
The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians, is investigating the shooting.