Ontario’s police watchdog says there are no reasonable grounds to charge an officer who shot and killed a 28-year-old man in Mississauga, Ont.
The Special Investigations Unit says Peel Regional Police officers were investigating Jamal Francique for allegedly dealing drugs and possessing a firearm.
The SIU says they were unable to confirm if Francique had a gun or was dealing drugs, but decided to arrest him for allegedly breaching bail conditions.
Several plainclothes officers and their unmarked vehicles planned to surround Francique after he got into his car, but one officer was late blocking him around 5:45 p.m. on Jan. 7, 2020.
The SIU says Francique accelerated and struck one car and was approaching another when an officer on foot fired four times.
The watchdog says officers did not approach the car for fears of a gun _ which was later found in Francique’s satchel _ and waited until tactical officers arrived more than two hours later.
Francique was taken to St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto and died three days later.
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