Cops are investigating cops again in Canada. This time members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) will be in Corner Brook, Newfoundland to investigate the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) officer who shot and killed Jorden McKay on November 27, 2018. Two officers involved in the interaction and both have been placed on leave. They will be assigned to administrative duties when they return to work as the investigation continues. Neither officer has been named publicly, generally the case in Canada where it is difficult for families and communities to find out the names and histories of police who kill.
The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) which has a history of letting killer cops off, will carry out a review of the OPP’s investigation, once that wraps up.
The victim of a shooting by Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) on November 27, 2018, has been publicly identified as 27-year-old Jorden McKay. It has been reported that McKay was a father to two young children. McKay’s family has expressed concerns about details being released by police to the media before telling the family. The two RNC officers involved in the killing of Jorden McKay have not been named publicly as is typically the case in Canada where it is difficult for families and communities to find out the names and histories of police who kill.
A Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) officer in Corner Brook shot and killed a man on the evening of November 27, 2018. The killing reportedly happened at a home on Carriage Lake at around 11:30 PM. Few additional details have been released publicly.
British Columbia RCMP shot and killed a man in Shawnigan Lake on November 10, 2018. Few results have been released publicly but the Independent Investigations Office (IIO), the unit that investigates cases of police harm in British Columbia, has reported that police shot the man after entering a home to arrest someone. The IIO reports that attempts to use a taser failed before the man was shot and killed. The man died at hospital.
On August 21, 2018 Montreal police shot and killed 23-year-old Nicholas Gibbs, a young Black man. He was shot five times, twice in the back. On October 30, 2018, eyewitness video of the police killing of Nicholas Gibbs was released publicly by the Gibbs family and their support network. The video clearly shows that Nicholas Gibbs posed no direct threat to police when he was killed. Police shouted at him in French only, though Gibbs spoke English. The family has announced a lawsuit against the Montreal police.
Nicholas Gibbs was the father of three young children. A fundraising campaign has been established to support the Gibbs family through this awful time. Families of people killed by police are not eligible for any of the state support that is now made available to victims of criminal acts.
The fundraising campaign can be accessed here: https://www.gofundme.com/justice-pourfor-nicholas-gibbs
The video (Warning: it shows Nicholas Gibbs killing by police): https://www.facebook.com/NoBordersMediaNetwork/posts/458611824546185
Police in Hamilton, Ontario shot and killed a 30-year-old woman early in the morning of Saturday, October 20, 2018.
The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in Ontario, reports that police received a 911 call at around 1 AM Saturday morning. According to the SIU, officers entered a residence above a shop and one officer tased the women before a second officer shot and killed her. The woman was pronounced dead at 2:04 AM.
Six SIU investigators and three forensics investigators have been assigned to this killing. One officer is the subject of the SIU investigation and there are also two witness officers.
The SIU is still working on an investigation into the police killing of Quinn MacDougall, a nineteen-year-old who was shot by Hamilton police in April. The victim had reportedly called police over fears regarding a social media threat. The investigation into MacDougall’s killing ahs already exceeded the 120 timeline for SIU investigations recommended by a recent review of the service.
The Independent Investigations Office (IIO), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in British Columbia, is investigating the death of a woman who was tased by an officer or officers of the Victoria Police Department on September 29, 2018. The IIO reports that at 2:17 AM officers attended the area of Songhees in Victoria in response to reports of a disturbance. At about 2:28 AM police located a female near the water and deployed a conducted energy weapon (CEW). Emergency Health Services (EHS) attended and the woman was transported to hospital with serious injuries. She later died there.
Police claim they were trying to prevent self harm. Tasing is itself, of course, a form of harm. No other details have been released publicly. The claims presented by police via the IIO have not been independently confirmed publicly.