Lawyer calls on SIU to reopen investigation into police shooting death of Jamal Francique

A lawyer for the family of a Black man shot and killed by a Peel Regional Police officer in January 2020 is calling on Ontario's police watchdog to reopen its investigation into the fatal shooting.

Knia Singh J.D., principal lawyer at Ma'at Legal Services, says the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), which cleared a police officer in the killing of Jamal Francique, based its decision on a flawed investigation.

Francique, 28, was shot in the back of the head while in his car in Mississauga during an attempted arrest on Jan. 7, 2020. He was put on life support and died in hospital two days later.

Singh released a comprehensive legal inquiry interim report on the killing on Tuesday. The report has been sent to the Ontario Attorney General.

"SIU Report #20-OFD-005 has numerous significant inaccuracies, discrepancies and contradictions that compromise the credibility and reliability of the Report, as a result the decision of the Director is suspect," Singh wrote.

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