Inquest: Cop defends decision to use Taser on Pierre Coriolan

A Montreal police officer who repeatedly Tasered a mentally ill man during a police intervention in 2017 defended his decision not to use verbal de-escalation techniques during the incident.

“Why didn’t you try to talk to him,” coroner Luc Malouin asked Constable Mathieu Girard during a public inquest at the Montreal courthouse.

“Do you think yelling ‘police’ and ‘drop your knife’ helps?”

Pierre Coriolan, 58, died after being shot three times by police during an altercation at his apartment in Montreal’s Gay Village.

Neighbours had called 911 to report that Coriolan was having a mental health crisis and was destroying his property.

Girard was one of six police officers who responded to the call.

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