'Screaming for change': Repentigny, Que. residents demand action on racial profiling at sit-in
People gathered at Repentigny City Hall on Emancipation Day to remember Jean René Junior Olivier, a Black man fatally shot by local police on Aug. 1, 2021.
A year after Repentigny police fatally shot Andy Stark's cousin, Jean René Junior Olivier, Black residents of the Montreal suburb are reeling.
"It's the way that I lost him," Stark said. "It's not everyday that you lose a cousin, a family member, by the police force. It's not easy."
People gathered for a sit-in at Repentigny City Hall to commemorate Olivier, Monday evening, for a second time. He died on Aug. 1, 2021, after his mother, Marie-Mireille Bence, called police to her home for help when he was experiencing a mental health crisis.
The event coincided with Emancipation Day, which celebrates the British Empire officially abolishing slavery in 1834.
Bence says she will never forgive herself for calling the police.
"Far from helping him, they committed the worst," Bence said to a crowd. "They murdered him before my eyes."
Does anyone know if officers here are required to wear body cams? While a camera isn't going to necessarily ensure an officer makes optimal decisions in high pressure situations, it would provide valuable insight in situations like these.
It's truly a shame what happened in this case. I hope the family gets justice.
Un homme armé, en crise, que la police essaie de maîtriser avec du poivre de Cayenne, ça ne marche pas et il s’enfuit, toujours armé, la seule instance de mort causée par la police de toute l’histoire du service de police de Repentigny, la police à tirer 3 fois, pas 47 comme aux States.
Bin oui, c’est clairement un grave problème la police à Repentigny…