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Secrecy continues on chief's report into Loku death

27 Avril 2016

The Toronto police board is refusing to say if Chief Mark Saunders submitted the results of an internal review of the fatal police shooting of Andrew Loku.

Such reviews are mandatory after every Special Investigations Unit probe — and the reports are made public, in whole or part, by at least three other Ontario police boards.

Pending an inquest, for which no date has been set, Saunders’ report is the only chance the public has to learn more about Loku’s death, a shooting that has provoked calls for more transparency about the civilian police watchdog’s investigations.

Montreal shooting raises familiar questions about police training

27 Avril 2016

A day after a man was fatally shot during a police operation in the city’s east end, questions are once again being raised about how well officers are trained to deal with the mentally ill.

Montreal police arrived at 63-year-old Andre Benjamin’s Ontario St. apartment Monday morning responding to a psychological distress call. The SQ confirmed Benjamin confronted police with a sharp weapon and that during the intervention, he was hit by a stun gun and at least one bullet.

Neighbours say everything happened very quickly. They heard police banging on the door early monday morning, and within seconds, they heard three gun shots.

Judge says racial profiling likely, tosses charges against man after Toronto road stop

25 Avril 2016

An Ontario judge has ruled that when a Toronto police officer pulled over a car with three young, black men inside, it was because he decided, despite any evidence, that “they were up to something” — and the probable reason was racial profiling.

Toronto police Const. Jason Crawford was engaging in a kind of proactive policing that invites racial profiling, because it relies on a kind of sixth sense that uses “usual suspects” stereotypes, Ontario Court Justice Mary Hogan ruled in a decision handed down this week.

Mother and son dead in northern B.C. police-involved shooting

25 Avril 2016

People in the small northern B.C. community of Granisle say they are stunned by the deaths of a mother and her adult son who were shot by police Thursday, apparently after a dispute among neighbours.

Ian Pryce inquest makes recommendations

25 Avril 2016

Minutes before he died, Ian Pryce told police to call his friend Sherry-Ann Lotz. They didn’t, and Pryce was killed.

Now, a coroner’s inquest looking into the shooting deaths of Ian Pryce has recommended police should investigate when given a name by a person contained by police, the way Pryce did.

Two Police Shootings, Eight Years Apart, One Fed Up Montreal Borough

25 Avril 2016

The memorial to 18-year-old Fredy Villanueva was mostly made up of birthday balloons, flowers, and candles. It featured a portrait of Villanueva himself, in an immaculate white suit that matched the snow that had blanketed the makeshift shrine.

The shrine was torched earlier this month. Now it's just a tree covered in cold cinders.

Eight years after Villanueva was shot to death by police officers, an act of violence that sparked social unrest in Montreal-North, another man's death incited residents to take to the streets again to denounce police brutality.

For Black Lives Matter, some long-sought victories

25 Avril 2016

When Black Lives Matter Toronto ended its tent city occupation at police headquarters, the group left behind a sign: “You are on notice. Your anti blackness has been exposed. We are not finished.”

They weren’t finished, and they weren’t starting, either.

The group has been putting police “on notice,” using the exact same language, since organizing under the banner for the first time in November 2014.

Recent victories, such as the fulfillment of its demand for a coroner’s inquest into the police shooting death of Andrew Loku, have come after prolonged efforts going back far beyond the encampment.

Premier under fire in legislature over SIU secrecy

25 Avril 2016

Premier Kathleen Wynne insists she is working “towards how to make the information in the SIU report public” as controversy swirls around the decision made after the death of Andrew Loku.

But Wynne does not want the release of the secret Special Investigations Unit (SIU) probe, which recommended that no charges be laid against the unnamed officer who shot Loku, to be a one-off.

Corrupt Ottawa officer resigns from police force

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25 Avril 2016

A corrupt police officer who was ordered to resign or be fired back in June 2015 has abandoned his appeal bid and resigned from the force.

Sgt. Rohan Beebakhee’s resignation from the Ottawa Police Service was effective Feb. 16. The resignation signals the end of a policing career that was marred by multiple oversight investigations and allegations against the officer that first began to publicly surface in a 2008 SIU investigation.

RCMP use Taser on disabled veteran with electronic surgical implant

20 Avril 2016

A disabled veteran from Lunenburg County says an encounter with RCMP in February left him so traumatized he's scared to open his front door.

"I'm staring out the windows now. If the wind blows, I jump," says Bruce Webb, who lives with his fiancée Lori Fuller above the Purple Leprechaun Roadhouse, a restaurant she owns in Bayport, N.S.

Webb, 53, faces charges of assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest, but believes he was the victim in a late night encounter with police on Feb. 28.

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