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Demonstration continues west of Toronto over police shooting death of man

Darpan News Desk The Canadian Press, 22 Jun, 2020
  • Demonstration continues west of Toronto over police shooting death of man

A group of people protesting the shooting death of a man in mental health crisis on the weekend continue to block an intersection in Mississauga, Ont.

Peel Regional Police say the protest that began Sunday has lasted through the night and is expected to continue throughout the day.

The protest was triggered by the police-shooting death of 62-year-old Ejaz Choudry on Saturday.

His family alleges police used excessive force when officers stormed the home and shot Choudry, who lived with schizophrenia.

The Special Investigations Unit, the province's police watchdog, is probing the death.

Premier Doug Ford said he has confidence in the SIU.

"My heart and prayers go out to the family that lost a loved one, no matter what happened," Ford said Monday at a news conference.

"This is a terrible situation, unfortunate, but let's see what the report says because I don't believe in pointing fingers at any group, any organization, until we get the details because the details will tell the story."

The man's family has said that responding officers were shouting at Choudry in English, a language he didn't understand.

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