Paulossie Crow responds to son’s death at the hands of police

n December 2017, David Sappa, 22, was shot and killed by Kativik Regional Police Force officers.

According to Quebec’s independent investigation agency, the Bureau des enquêtes indépendantes, the Umiujaq man was brandishing knives, uttering threats and refused to surrender to the police who had warrants for his arrest.

Sappa was shot three times, and then pepper-sprayed, according to the investigation. In June, the officers were found to have used reasonable force to protect themselves and their colleagues and cleared of any wrongdoing.

The following is a letter sent to Nunatsiaq News by Paulossie Crow, father of David Sappa.

Since his son’s death, Crow says he has suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.