Saturday, August 3, 2013

Another Victim Of Police Violence?

Although not nearly as public an event as the killing of Sammy Yatim, largely because no video exists to indict police behaviour, the shooting death of Steve Mesic at the hands of Hamilton police on June 7 is no less tragic and unfathomable.

Mesic, released from observation for an anxiety disorder at St. Joseph's Hospital, called his pregnant fiance that fateful day and began walking home via The Lincoln Alexander Parkway. Reports came in of a man walking in traffic; police were called, and Mesic went off into a public walkway where an angry confrontation with two unnamed police officers resulted in his being gunned down.

You can read the full story here, along with the complete police silence public demands for information have been met with.

Because there is no video record of this lethal confrontation, I have no faith that we will ever learn the true circumstances behind what some would describe as the police murder of an unarmed man.


  1. Too much tragedy, Lorne. This is very sad. Was this local police or RCMP?

    1. I agree, LeDaro. The shooting was done by the local police, led by Chief Glenn DeCaire, a former police superintendent under Toronto Chief Bill Blair.