Black ac­tivists hold protest in re­sponse to po­lice shoot­ing in Mon­treal

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

MON­TREAL — Black ac­tivist groups say po­lice should have no role in re­spond­ing to men­tal health crises. They made the call on Sun­day in the wake of last week’s po­lice shoot­ing of a Mon­treal man.

About 200 peo­ple at­tended a protest in front of the apart­ment where Pierre Co­ri­olan died. Que­bec’s po­lice watch­dog says they be­lieve Co­ri­olan, 58, was dis­tressed and hold­ing a screw­driver in each hand when po­lice ar­rived at his apart­ment last Tues­day. He was shot sev­eral times in the mo­ments that fol­lowed and later died in hos­pi­tal. The group Black Lives Mat­ters says Co­ri­olan’s death is part of a pat­tern of po­lice vi­o­lence against peo­ple who are black or men­tally ill.

The or­ga­niz­ers re­leased a list of de­mands that in­cludes govern­ment fund­ing for black-spe­cific men­tal health ser­vices.

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