BLM media conference outside Prime Minister’s Office on police violence against Black and Indigenous peoples

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Photo: Abdiaziz Abdi speaking about his brother Abdirahman, a Somali-Canadian killed by Ottawa police in July 2016.

Black Lives Matter Toronto tweeted: “On June 19, we’re bringing together Black & Indigenous families affected by police violence for a family led press conference. We’ll be joined by families of Anthony Aust, Regis Korchinski-Paquet, Abdirahman Abdi, Jamal Francique, Jermaine Carby, Eishia Hudson, Chantel Moore & more.”

The video of that gathering with all the speakers can be seen here.

The speakers included the family members of:

Jamal Francique: 28-year-old killed on January 7, 2020, when he was shot in the back of the head while in his car by a Peel Region police officer in Mississauga.

Eishia Hudson: 16-year-old killed on April 9, 2020, when she was shot while in a car by a Winnipeg police officer.

Regis Korchinski-Paquet: 29-year-old killed on May 27, 2020, when she fell from a 24th floor window while six Toronto police officers were in her apartment.

Chantel Moore: 26-year-old killed on June 4, 2020, when she was shot seven times by an Edmundston police officer during a wellness check.

Rodney Levi: 48-year-old killed on June 12, 2020, when he was shot by RCMP police officers in New Brunswick responding to a call for assistance.

Anthony Aust: 23-year-old killed on October 10, 2020, when he fell from a 12th floor window after an Ottawa police no-knock raid.

Jermaine Carby: 33-year-old killed on September 25, 2014, when he was shot at a traffic stop by a Peel Region police officer in Brampton.

Andrew Loku: 45-year-old killed on July 5, 2015, when he shot by Toronto police 20-seconds after arriving at his apartment.

Abdirahman Abdi: 37-year-old killed on July 24, 2016, when he was beaten to death outside his apartment building by an Ottawa police officer.

Chantelle Krupka: 34-year-old wounded on May 10, 2020, when she was shot in the abdomen at her home by a Peel Region police officer

To hear Chantelle and relatives of Anthony, Regis, Abdirahman, Jamal, Jermaine, Eisha, Chantel and Rodney speak at today’s media conference about their experiences and the trauma of police violence against their families, click here.

On October 30, 2020, Peace Brigades International convened the ‘Police violence has no borders’ webinar with human rights defenders from Kenya, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Colombia and Canada speaking on this issue. That video can be seen here.

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