Toronto: Police shooting probe ‘not nearly over’

Image copyright PA Image caption The shooting death of A’Shawn Foster, a four-month-old boy, came after ‘careless’ by police

Investigators from the Ontario Special Investigations Unit say they do not believe their probe into a police shooting in Toronto is nearly over.

The unit says it needs to investigate whether officers complied with the correct protocols during the incident in 2015.

The SIU had received 326 allegations by mid-June of 2015 that police had violated their duty to protect civilians, it said.

Five people have been killed by OPP officers since 2015.

Chief Supt Bill Blair, the SIU’s chief, told reporters on Wednesday that his investigators have completed 1,650 interviews and gathered 6,300 pieces of evidence.

Two Toronto police officers, Constables Damon Ragas and James Forcillo, have been charged with attempted murder and assault with a weapon in relation to A’Shawn Foster’s death.

“We are confident we will find and conclude that indeed the force used was lawful,” he said.

A video footage showed officers firing at A’Shawn after police say he was found with a gun.

Police say they returned fire, killing A’Shawn but the SIU says the officers stopped firing because A’Shawn had stopped moving.

After the shooting the SIU says A’Shawn was declared dead, prompting his mother to scream that he was still alive and begged officers not to harm him.

The SIU is charged with investigating police cases where there is a death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault.

Leave a Comment