Category Archives: Ontario

SIU Investigates Death of Man During Police Call in Thunder Bay (April 2, 2018)

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in Ontario is investigating the death of a 62-year-old man in Thunder Bay, Ontario during a police call in the morning of April 2, 2018. According to the SIU, police were called to a dispute at an apartment building shortly after 7:30 AM. Some time thereafter a man was found on the ground below a third floor apartment. The man, who has not been identified, was pronounced dead in hospital. The SIU has assigned two investigators and two forensic investigators to examine the case.

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Witness Identifies Victim of Hamilton Police Shooting as 19-Year-Old (April 3, 2018)

A witness has reported that the young man shot and killed by Hamilton police on April 3, 2018, was a 19-year-old. According to the witness, who lives in the neighborhood where the killing occurred, someone called 911 asking for help but when police arrived the victim was chased by officers. The witness says that they saw police attempt to deploy a taser and when that failed they shot the victim three times, including in the face. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has since confirmed the victim’s age as 19. Few other details have been released publicly.

The killing occurred near a townhouse complex on the west side of Hamilton Mountain at around 3:30 PM. Two officers are reported to have fired their weapons, striking and killing the young man.

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has assigned five investigators and three forensics specialists to examine the killing. The SIU has identified four witness officers.

The victim was reported to be from the area where police killed him. The witness also reports that the shooting occurred in full view of children who were outside playing hockey at the time.


Hamilton Police Shoot and Kill Man (April 3, 2018)

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU), the agency that examines cases of police violence in Ontario, is investigating the shooting and killing of a man by Hamilton police on the West Mountain on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 3, 2018. It is reported that officers responded to a call at a townhouse complex on Caledon Avenue. The victim was transported to hospital but has been pronounced dead. At least two witnesses have reported that the man was shot. This is an initial report and other details have not been released publicly.


Windsor Police Victim Identified as Matthew Mahoney: Needed Health Care Not Cops

Family members have identified Matthew Mahoney as the 33-year-old man shot multiple times and killed by Windsor police on March 21, 2018. They say that he struggled with schizophrenia and other mental health issues.

In a interview with CBC News, older brother Michael Mahoney says a lack of resources in healthcare and limits to the legal system failed his brother. He also noted the inappropriateness and unsuitability of police dealing with mental health issues. In his words:

“Our police aren’t trained to deal with people who are suffering the way my brother is. That can make it really hard when they encounter someone like him. You’re not sure  if this person is dangerous or just needs a hug. I think my brother needed a hug that morning. I wish I could have been there.” (quoted in Taekema 2018)

 

Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in the province, confirmed on March 23 that Matthew Mahoney was shot by two officers who discharged firearms and “struck multiple times.” The SIU has identified eight witness officers in addition to the two subject officers, suggesting that at least ten officers confronted the victim on the street.

This leaves the family with many questions. Said Michael Mahoney:

“We definitely want to know what my brother was going through that morning. We want to know how the police became involved and we want to know that they did everything they could to deescalate the situation. Right now we’re just trying to focus on remembering Matthew the way we remember him and we’re trying not to think about that morning because your mind just races and there’s no answers right now.” (quoted in Taekema 2018)

 

He reports that his brother’s mental health struggles, developing as a teenager, worsened as he became an adult. While medications offered some help, he was extremely fearful of authorities, a not unreasonable feeling. Michael Mahoney relates:

“Being in the health care system can be extremely terrifying, extremely dangerous and he did everything in his life to try to avoid going back to hospital. Every decision he made was to try to avoid interactions with police or mental health services. They were his biggest fears.” (quoted in Taekema 2018)

Matthew Mahoney needed care and a hug not cops and bullets. Michael Mahoney is left to conclude: “The system just isn’t set up right to help people with extreme needs like my brother…This didn’t need to happen” (quoted in Taekema 2018). Even worse, in the end the system actively killed Matthew Mahoney.

 

Further Reading

Taekema, Dan. 2018. “Man Shot by Windsor Police Needed Help and a Hug, Not Bullets, Says Brother.” CBC News. March 23. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/matthew-mahoney-police-shooting-windsor-1.4590208


SIU: Windsor Man Killed by Police Shot Multiple Times by Two Officers

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has confirmed publicly that the 33-year-old man killed by Windsor police was shot multiple times by two officers who discharged their firearms. In a public release, the SIU states that it has identified two subject officers and eight witness officers. Witnesses report that they heard five shots fired. The man was shot and killed on the morning of March 21, 2018. Ten SIU investigators have been assigned to the case.


Windsor Police Shoot and Kill 33-Year-Old Man (Mar. 21, 2018)

Police in Windsor, Ontario shot and killed a 33-year-old man near a busy intersection in the city’s downtown on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Police were reportedly called to the area of University and Ouellette avenues at about 8:05 AM regarding a complaint involving a man. Finding a man who allegedly matched the description they had police confronted the man. During that confrontation police fired multiple rounds from a service pistol or pistols. It has note been reported publicly how many officers fired weapons. The man was struck by a shot or shots and taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead at 9:29 AM.

One witness, John Hilt, relates that he was crossing Ouellette Avenue when he heard five gunshots. In his words, there was a pause between volleys fired: “I heard three shots plain as day, a break for about two seconds, then two more” (quoted in Taekema 2018). This could become an issue in the investigation if police fired after a pause when the man was already down and incapacitated.

Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU), the agency that examines police harm to civilians is investigating. They have assigned six investigators and four forensic investigators to the killing. In a statement it claims that there was an interaction between the man and officers, and the man was shot at by police and struck. A post-mortem exam is scheduled for Thursday in London, Ontario.

 

Further Reading

Taekema, Dan. 2018. “Man Shot and Killed in Confrontation that Injured Officers.” CBC News. March 21. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/siu-police-incident-windsor-1.4585733


OPP-Involved Collision Kills 88-Year-Old Woman in Napanee: SIU Investigating (Mar. 6, 2018)

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in Ontario, is investigating a collision in Napanee that resulted in the death of an 88-year-old woman and serious injuries to a 42-year-old man.

The SIU has reported that the Ontario Provincial Police was made aware of an SUV traveling at a high rate of speed on Bridge Street through the town of Napanee at around 3:30 PM on March 6, 2018. Officers apparently attempted to stop the SUV and on County Road 2, east of Barker Side Road, the SUV became involved in a collision with another vehicle. The driver of that vehicle, an 88-year-old woman, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the SUV was transported to hospital with a serious injury.

The SIU has assigned five investigators, four forensic investigators, and one collision reconstructionist to examine this incident.