Tag Archives: Manitoba

Winnipeg Police Shoot and Kill Stewart Kevin Andrews (22) (April 18, 2020)

Winnipeg Police shot and killed 22-year-old Stewart Kevin Andrews in the early morning of April 18, 2020. Andrews is remembered by family members as a loving father raising three children.

This was the third killing by Winnipeg police in a little over a week. On April 8, police shot and killed Eishia Hudson, a 16-year old Indigenous girl, and on April 9 they shot and killed Jason Collins, a 36-year-old Indigenous man.

The Independent Investigation Unit (IIU), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians, reports that police responded to a call about a robbery and windows being broken in Winnipeg’s Maples neighbourhood shortly after 4 AM. Andrews was killed and a 16-year-old boy was also injured during the police assault. Police have detained the teen.

For information about other recent killings by Winnipeg police, see: https://killercopscanada.wordpress.com/?s=winnipeg


Man Shot and Killed by Winnipeg Police (April, 9, 2020)

A 36-year-old man was shot and killed by Winnipeg police in the early morning of April 9, 2020. The killing took place at a house on Anderson Avenue between Salter and Aikins streets after police arrived at the residence at around 4:38 AM. The man was shot at 5:10 AM.

The Investigation Unit of Manitoba (IIU), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in Manitoba, reports that police forced their way into the house before leaving again. The IIU also say that police had created a perimeter around the house and at some pint an unspecified “confrontation” occurred between the man and police. At least one officer fired their weapon, striking the man. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. It has not been reported publicly what the nature of the confrontation was or how it occurred.

This was the second killing of a civilian by Winnipeg police in under 12 hours. A 16-year-old girl was shot and killed by police around 5:30 PM on April 8.


Sixteen-Year-Old Girl Shot and Killed by Winnipeg Police (April 8, 2020)

A 16-year-old girl was shot and killed by Winnipeg police on April 8, 2020, at around 5:30 PM. The shooting occurred after a police vehicle chase. Four other teens (two boys, age 15 and 16, and two girls, age 15 and 16) were in the vehicle allegedly driven by the victim when she was shot at the intersection of Lagimodiere Boulevard and Fermor Avenue. She was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead. Only six minutes passed between police receiving a call, allegedly regarding a robbery, and the killing.

It has not been reported publicly how many officers fired their weapons or how many shots they fired. It has also not been reported why police chose to open fire on a 16-year-old girl.

The killing is being investigated by the Independent Investigation Unit of Manitoba, the agency that examines cases of police harms to civilians in the province.

This was the first of two killings by Winnipeg police within 11 hours. A 36-year-old man was shot and killed by police at 5:10 AM on April 9. More than a dozen officers are connected to the two killings.


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.


Killer Cop Justin Holz Gets 30 Months for Killing Cody Severight in 2017

Killer Winnipeg cop Justin Holz, 36, pleaded guilty on October 30, 2019, to dangerous driving causing death for the collision that killed 23-year-old Cody Severight in 2017. Holz hit Severight and left the young Indigenous man to die in the road. A Manitoba provincial court judge agreed to a joint recommendation by lawyers and sentenced Holz to 30 months in prison. A rare case of a killer cop being charged, and an even more rare outcome that would see a killer cop do time in prison.

The court heard that Holz met other police officers for drinks at a bar starting before 5 PM on the evening of October 10, 2017. He drove off from a nearby car park around three hours later. Investigators calculated Holz was driving at up to 92 km/h in a 50 km/h zone. He hit Severight, who was crossing the street with another person, while going at least 76 km/h. According to the Court, Severight was launched across the road, his skull fractured and his neck broken in the collision.

Despite clearly striking someone, Holz did not stop or attempt to help the victim. Instead he continued to drive on, even increasing his speed up to 129 km/h. Almost 12 minutes after striking Severight, Holz parked and called police, saying he had hit someone. A breathalyzer test was done on Holz more than an hour after he struck Severight. The conduct of two other officers in delaying the breathalyzer was questioned but no disciplinary actions taken against them.

Severight was later taken to hospital but died of his injuries.

Holz had originally faced other offences, including impaired driving. Those charges were following the guilty plea.


54-Year-Old Man Dies in Police Custody in The Pas, Manitoba (Oct. 5-6, 2019)

A 54-year-old man has died in police custody in The Pas, Manitoba, a town about 600 kilometers northwest of Winnipeg. According to the Independent Investigation Unit (IIU), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in the province, police arrested the man after responding to a call about an intoxicated person on October 5, 2019. He was put in a cell at the RCMP detachment at around 7 PM. The man was found unresponsive in his cell the next morning. According to the IIU, emergency medical services attended and pronounced the man dead in the detachment. Police and jail cells are not appropriate responses for someone dealing with substance use issues.


27-Year-Old Man Dies Following Forceful Arrest by Winnipeg Police (Sept. 30, 2019)

A 27-year-old man has died after being arrested by Winnipeg police. The Independent Investigation Unit (IIU), the agency that examines cases of police harms to civilians in Manitoba, reports that on September 23 police officers responded to a call about a man in some distress who is said to have appeared confused and was yelling in an area near Assiniboine Avenue and Kennedy Street at around 12:42 AM. The IIU reports that police used force to arrest him. During the arrest the man became unresponsive and was taken to hospital in critical condition. The victim died in hospital on September 30.

This death again raises the question of why police, who respond, and quickly, with force are being sent to deal with health care crises. Police are not, and should not be, health care workers. This is at least the seventh through police action in Winnipeg in 2019.


Victim of Winnipeg Police Identified as Randy Cochrane of Fisher River Cree Nation (July 14, 2019)

The family of a man who died during an arrest by Winnipeg police has identified him as Randy Cochrane, a 30-year-old father of three. Family members are calling for answers into what happened during the arrest and why there appear to be discrepancies in what police reported and what doctors in the hospital emergency have said.

Randy Cochrane’s cousin Monica Murdock asks pointedly:

“My family’s devastated. We want to know what happened to him. Why did he die in cuffs? Why were they chasing him? Why are they saying he was bloody but the doctors we went and saw at the emergency room last night said that he had no injuries? (quoted in Grabish 2019)

Murdock reports that doctors at the Health Sciences Centre told her family on Sunday, after Cochrane died, that the young man had suffered a heart attack and had a high fever. She also reports that they told her there were no other injuries on his body. She says that doctors informed her that it was too late by the time Cochrane arrived at the hospital at 4:30 PM because he had been without a pulse for some time (Grabish 2019).

Murdock describes her cousin as “a fierce protector of his family” and she says “he was more like a brother to her” (2019). She relates fondly: “He always made sure we were protected. We were safe. The last time I saw him he came to my house and he gave me some money for my baby ‘cause my daughter’s in the hospital” (quoted in Grabish 2019).

Marjorie Cochrane raised Randy after adopting him. She remembers:

“He was really always close to his daughters. It’s hard. Taking it hard” (quoted in Grabish 2019).

She too has important questions for police: “What happened when they handcuffed him?” (quoted in Grabish 2019).

A witness, Will Couture, says Cochrane, rather than being a threat, appeared to be shouting for help while running from something or someone (2019). Couture reports that the man, kept repeating “help me, help me” (Grabish 2019). He then saw police chase Cochrane across the street.

Couture claims that the man looked “freaked out.” In his words: “Just scared. Just like terrified of something you know what I mean? It was like the devil was chasing him” (quoted in Grabish 2019).

If it was the police, he may be completely right in that.

 

Further Reading

Grabish, Austin. 2019. “Family Demands Answers after Father of 3 Dies in Police Custody.” CBC News July 15. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/police-custody-death-north-end-winnipeg-1.5212209


Thirty-Year-Old Man Dies During Arrest by Winnipeg Police (July 14, 2019)

According to the Independent Investigations Unit of Manitoba, the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in the province, the arrest occurred in the city’s North End, around Flora Avenue and Parr Street. Police allegedly saw a man they believed to be bleeding and armed with a weapon and chased him on foot, catching him not far away. During the arrest the man became unresponsive. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. It has not been conformed publicly that the man was bleeding prior to the arrest.


Man Dies after Arrest by Winnipeg Police (June 26, 2019)

The Independent Investigation Unit (IIU), the group that examines cases of police harming civilians in Manitoba, is investigating the death of a man following his arrest by Winnipeg police on June 26, 2019.

It has been reported that Winnipeg police responded to a call about a break-in on Alfred Avenue at about 2:30 AM. The man allegedly fled the residence before supposedly being found in some medical distress on Burrows Avenue. The man was taken to St. Boniface Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.