The family of a Repentigny, Que., man who died after police shot him three times in the stomach is blaming anti-Black racism in the city’s police force for his death. Marie-Mireille Bence, the mother of the victim, says she called police because her son was having a mental health issue.
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The family of a Repentigny, Que., man who died after police shot him three times in the stomach on Sunday are blaming anti-Black racism in the city’s police force for his death and are demanding justice.
Marie-Mireille Bence, the mother of the victim, called police Sunday morning asking them to bring her son, Jean René Junior Olivier, 37, to the hospital because he was having a mental health issue.
Q”He told me he was seeing people around him, people wanting to hurt him,” Bence told reporters alongside her family at a news conference Monday afternoon
Instead of helping him, Bence said, six police officers arrived at her doorstep and shot him in the stomach. When police arrived, he had been holding a dinner knife, but the family said he had dropped it.
“He threw the knife on the ground and that’s when they shot him. They shot him three times,” Bence said.
“They’re criminals. They killed my son,” she said. “I called them for help and they showed up and killed him. I find it absurd because there were other ways of dealing with this, of bringing him under control.”
According to Bence, she and her brother asked Olivier to give them the knife. When he refused, she called the police, specifying that she wanted help transporting him to hospital.
“I didn’t want him to hurt himself, but look at where that left me,” she said.