Killer cops in Canada rarely face consequences for their actions in Canada. Families of victims are often forced to sue to gain information about the killing of their loved ones or to see police who kill face some process of accountability.
On August 14, 2018, the family of Tracy Janvier (41) launched a civil lawsuit against RCMP Constable Michelle Phillips, the RCMP, and the federal government in the 2016 killing of their loved one. Janvier was run over and killed by Phillips on Alberta Highway 881, about 80 kilometers south of Fort McMurray on August 21, 2016. The suit, seeking $909,000, claims that Phillips was negligent and speeding, driving recklessly and carelessly when she struck and killed Tracy Janvier. Phillips also struck and injured a 71-year-old man.
Constable Phillips has been charged in the killing. In August 2017 she pleaded not guilty to charges of dangerous driving causing death and dangerous driving causing bodily harm. A preliminary hearing was held in June and a trial has been scheduled for April 2019.
Alberta RCMP shot and killed a man at the Frog Lake First Nation on July 20, 2018. Frog Lake First Nation reserve is located 250 kilometers east of Edmonton. Initial reports claim that Elk Point RCMP attempted to arrest a man at a home on the reserve around 10 AM. There was allegedly a standoff over several hours, at the end of which RCMP officers discharged their firearms striking and killing a man at the home. The RCMP are the historic military force of colonialism in Canada.
The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in Alberta, is investigating the killing and police actions. None of the initial reports have been independently confirmed publicly.
The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT), the body that examines cases of police harm to civilians in Alberta, have confirmed that a man who died during an encounter with police near Whitecourt, Alberta on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, was in fact shot and killed by RCMP. Initial reports had put some distance between the police firing their weapons and the man’s death, suggesting that he was found dead sometime later and not clearly stating that he died as a direct result of police shooting him. This is yet another example of why we can never accept police accounts and reports of their violence. All police will lie. Police will lie always.
ASIRT report that RCMP officers had been looking for a vehicle linked to an undisclosed “incident” that allegedly occurred Monday, July 2, in Valhalla, 60 kilometers northwest of Grande Prairie. It is further reported that around noon on July 3, officers spotted a vehicle parked at the Chickadee Creek rest stop on Highway 43, about 20 km northwest of Whitecourt.
A man in the vehicle appeared to be asleep in the driver’s seat, which was reclined. Officers apparently approached the vehicle and discharged their firearms, striking and killing the man. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
A man was left dead after RCMP fired several rounds during a traffic stop at a rest area about 20 kilometers northwest of Whitecourt, Alberta. Whitecourt RCMP claim that officers tried to stop a vehicle on Highway 43 and as they approached the vehicle discharged their firearms. An adult male involved in the police shooting was later found dead. No further details have been released publicly and the police claims have not been independently confirmed.
The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians, is investigating the shooting.
Police in Summerside, Prince Edward Island (PEI) shot and killed a 32-year-old man early Sunday, May 27, 2018.
Details remain sketchy and reporting raises some questions. For example, police reported that the man succumbed to injuries after he became violent during an arrest and media ran with this. The injuries that killed him though were inflicted by police violence, not his own violence. The police statement also says: “During the encounter, two officers discharged their service pistols, injuring the suspect.” But, they did not injure the suspect, they killed him. Again, media simply took the police statement at face value.
Police reported that they received a 911 call at around 12:30 AM regarding an alleged forced entry and robbery. It is reported that there were four people involved in the alleged entry and robbery. No one was seriously injured at that time. These reports have not been independently confirmed publicly. The supposed suspects were found at a home some five hours later and the police victim was killed there. The man was taken to Prince County hospital where he was pronounced dead at around 1 PM.
The Nova Scotia Serious Incident Response Team (SIRT) is investigating this killing. They have had a busy weekend with investigation underway after RCMP in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia killed 24-year-old Bradley Thomas Clattenburg on May 26.
RCMP shot and killed a 24-year-old man in the Westphal neighborhood of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, on Saturday, May 26, 2018. Neighbors reported seeing a heavy police presence and armed officers in the area and one person reported hearing two shots fired.
The province’s Serious Incident Response Team (SIRT), the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in Nova Scotia, is investigating the killing. Nova Scotia RCMP say that police were responding to a complaint about one man threatening another man at 7:48 AM. They state that they blocked off an area between 40 Broom Road and Highway 7 and undertook a search with police dogs. They claim that officers encountered the man in a wooded area and officers discharged their weapons. None of the police claims have been confirmed and no further details have been provided publicly.
RCMP and Island District Emergency Response Team officers were involved in shooting and killing a man at the Departure Bay ferry terminal in Nanaimo, British Columbia on the morning of May 8, 2018. Both the Independent Investigations Office of BC, the agency that examines cases of police harm to civilians in the province, and the BC Coroners Service have been called to investigate the killing.
Initial reports, which have not been independently and autonomous confirmed, suggest that RCMP officers were attempting to arrest a man who was suspected in a car theft in another part of the province. The vehicle was reportedly stopped and the man allegedly exited when he was shot by police. He later died of the injuries inflicted by police.
One witness, former Saanich mayor Frank Leonard, who was waiting to board the ferry at the time of the killing, told CBC News that he heard several, perhaps as many as eight, shots fired.
Another witness, Ed Pearce, a former West Vancouver police officer, saw the police operation unfold and also reported hearing as many as eight shots. He also said he heard a loud bang and looked over to see a vehicle being rammed by what he believed was an Emergency Response Team vehicle. He reports that he then heard a “huge explosion” that he said sounded like a flash or stun grenade. Other witnesses also reported hearing the loud explosion.