Category Archives: Killings by Cops

No Charges Against Surrey RCMP for Killing Nona McEwan and Randy Crosson

Once again killer cops get off. The Independent Investigations Office of BC (IIO), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in British Columbia, has announced that it will not be recommending charges against the RCMP officers who shot and killed Nona McEwan and Randy Crosson on March 29, 2019 in a home on the 13300 block of 98A Street in Surrey. The decision was made public on April 1, 2020. Four officers were directly involved in the killings. None have been named publicly. The IIO reports that the officers fired over forty rounds, in close quarters. Forty.

Police described the context of the killings as a “hostage taking.” For over a month after the killings, RCMP publicly implied that Randy Crosson had killed Nona McEwan.

When asked directly in 2019 if he could say conclusively that a police bullet did not hit Nona McEwan, the Surrey Now-Leader reported that Integrated Homicide Investigation Team spokesperson Corporal Frank Jang replied:

“No, I mean that’s all part of the investigation that’s happening now. There will be updates coming forth from the IIO but all those details, the exact mechanism, entries, where the shots came from, that’s all going to be part of the investigation. I can’t comment further because it’s still ongoing.”

Not long afterward the lie was put to the police portrayal when the IIO reported that RCMP had shot and killed both McEwan and Crosson. Clearly, officers at the scene, and IHIT member Jang must have known that police had done the shooting. One might also figure that they knew this as they made statements over a month that posed Crosson as potentially the killer.

The IIO concluded that Crosson “provoked an armed response from police aimed at saving her.” A rather incredible statement given that firing at McEwan, striking, and killing her can in no way credibly be described as a response aimed at “saving her.”

The IIO, which is not a truly independent body and has had former officers among its members as well as relying on police for training, interviewed 38 witness police officers to determine that none of the four officers directly involved committed any criminal offense. Any criminal offense. Not at all surprising given that killer cops are virtually never held anywhere near accountable when they kill in Canada.


Man Shot by Peel Regional Police in Mississauga Dies (Jan. 7-10, 2020)

A 28-year-old man shot in Mississauga, Ontario (suburban Toronto) by a Peel Regional Police officer on January 7, 2020, died on January 10 after several days in hospital for treatment. According to the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in the province, Peel Regional Police claim the shots were fired by an officer during an investigation at a housing complex on Winston Churchill Boulevard, just south of Eglinton Avenue West, in Mississauga.

Peel Regional Police allege they attempted to arrest a suspect in a vehicle. They claim: “One of the officers fired several shots at the vehicle at which time the vehicle swerved into a garage.”

The driver of the vehicle was taken by paramedics to hospital in life-threatening condition. It has not been reported publicly whether the man shot was the supposed suspect or not.

The SIU is investigating the killing.


Montreal Police Shoot and Kill 54-Year-Old Man (March 11-12, 2020)

A Montreal police officer shot and killed a 54-year-old man on the late night/early morning of March 11-12, 2020. The Bureau of Independent Investigations (BEI), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in Quebec, is investigating. According to the BEI, police were responding to a domestic dispute call in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve shortly before midnight. BEI report that an officer entered the apartment through the back door and opened fire on the man. The man was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The BEI is not actually an independent agency. They depend on police officers from other forces. Eight BEI investigators have been assigned to investigate this killing. They will be assisted by two Sûreté du Québec (SQ, provincial police force) forensic technicians. Police investigate police in Quebec.


Winnipeg Police Shoot and Kill 27-Year-Old Man (March 10, 2020)

Winnipeg police shot and killed a 27-year-old man outside a Charleswood home in the early morning of March 10, 2020. The led to a fatal officer-involved shooting early Tuesday morning. The Independent Investigations Unit of Manitoba (IIU), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in the province, is investigating.

It has been reported that police responded to 911 calls about an attack taking place outside a home on the 100 block of Kowalsky Crescent at around 4:45 AM. The 27-year-old man was shot by police and taken to hospital in critical condition. He later died there. Two other residents of the home were also taken to hospital, one in stable condition and another whose condition has been reported as being “unstable.”

The IIU only reports at this point that police “engaged with the man” before shooting him. No additional details or clarification about what that “engagement” involved have been made public.


Man Dies after Being Pepper Sprayed, Tased, Beaten by RCMP in Whistler, BC (March 8, 2020)

A man died after being pepper sprayed, beaten with batons, and tased by RCMP in the resort town of Whistler, British Columbia.

According to the Independent Investigations Office of BC (IIO), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in the province, RCMP claim they were called to Whistler Village around 11 AM in response to a call about an “intoxicated man.” Police deployed both pepper spray and a “conducted energy weapon” against the man, as well as beating him with batons. The victim then went into medical distress and later died. BC Emergency Health Services have reported that they responded to a call in Whistler around 11:20 AM, dispatching two ambulance crews and transporting one patient to hospital.

In a press release, BCRCMP state that “the male suddenly became still” after officers deployed pepper spray and the taser. No other details have yet been released publicly. Police claims have not been independently confirmed publicly.


RCMP Shoot and Kill Brian Kyle Schriver (30) in Blairmore, Alberta (Feb. 11, 2020)

Alberta RCMP officers shot and killed a man, identified by family as Brian Kyle Schriver (30), in a parking lot in Blairmore, about 220 kilometers southwest of Calgary, on February 11, 2020. It has been reported that officers from the Blairmore detachment tried to stop a pickup truck in the parking lot of a Home Hardware store at around 5 PM. During that attempt officers discharged service pistols. The vehicle ended up in a ditch and the driver was pronounced dead at the scene. RCMP RCMP have not reported publicly why they attempted to stop the man or why they fired at him.

The victim’s sister, Vannessa Schriver, described her brother in warm terms: “Kyle was a sweet, kind-hearted man. He made everyone smile and was always the centre of attention and was the glue to most people” (quoted in White 2020). She says that here brother was a welder who had only been in the Blairmore area (Crow’s Nest Pass) for about a month for work.

She reports that a friend who was with her brother at the time of the killing had gone into a store to get something and when he came out “police had [Kyle] at gunpoint and just started opening fire” (quoted in White 2020). She says the friend told her: “I’m so sorry, Vanessa. There was nothing I could do. If I ran in there they would have killed me too” (quoted in White 2020).

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in the province, is investigating. They have confirmed that Kyle Schriver suffered gunshot wounds.

 

Further Reading

White, Ryan. 2020. “’Beyond Shocked’: Questions Unanswered for Family of Man Shot Dead by Police in Blairmore.” CTV News February14. https://calgary.ctvnews.ca/beyond-shocked-questions-unanswered-for-family-of-man-shot-dead-by-police-in-blairmore-1.4813034


RCMP Shoot and Kill Man in Lloydminster, Alberta (Feb. 2, 2020)

RCMP officers shot and killed a man in Lloydminster, Alberta, on February 2, 2020. According to the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in the province, RCMP shot and killed a man they believed to be driving a stolen vehicle. ASIRT report that RCMP fired earlier upon encountering the vehicle, before later finding the vehicle again and firing the fatal shot. A woman who was a passenger in the vehicle was arrested by RCMP officers.