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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Sûreté du Québec (SQ), Québec’s provincial police force, shot and killed Brandon Christian (47), a former minor league hockey player, on the evening of February 2, 2020, in St-Georges, near Québec City. The Bureau des enquetes independantes (BEI), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in the province, is investigating.
According to the BEI, provincial police received a call at around 6:35 from a woman reporting that her ex-partner was in distress, wearing a mask, and holding a bat. The BEI reports that police found a man, who they claim seemed confused, on the streets on St-Georges. Police used pepper spray and a taser on the man before shooting and killing him. He was pronounced dead at hospital.
The BEI is not an independent investigation group as they rely on police forces for assistance in their investigations. Officers of the Québec City police force are assisting in the investigation into the killing of Brandon Christian by the SQ.
A 41-year-old man died at the courthouse in Trois-Rivières, Québec, on Tuesday, January 21, after having been arrested by Sûreté du Québec (SQ) officers the day before. The Bureau des enquetes independantes (BEI), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in the province, is investigating. They report that the man was arrested on January 20, in Bécancour by two officers of the Sûreté du Québec. According to the BEI, the man taken to the SQ station in Shawinigan where he was detained overnight.
The following day, the same SQ officers took the man to the Trois-Rivières courthouse and he was turned over to courthouse constables. Several hours later, the victim began to show signs of illness in the presence of courthouse constables and the judge who was to hear his case who ordered that the man be taken immediately to a hospital. He died before he could be taken from the courthouse.
The BEI has assigned nine investigators to the case. The BEI are not an independent investigation unit and they receive technical assistance from Montreal police in examining cases. This means that in Québec, police are always involved in investigating police.
This is the second SQ-involved death of a civilian in four days.