Riley Fairholm, 17, was shot and killed by a Sûreté du Québec officer in Lac-Brôme, Canada.
On July 25, 2018, 6 officers of Sûreté du Québec were responding a call about a man armed with a weapon. At the scene they found Riley Fairholm. One of the officers shot him in 60 seconds from he saw him. Fairholm was armed with a pellet gun. Officers involved in the incident were not charged.
Fairholm’s mother said he was struggling with depression and had shown signs of suicidal ideation. She believes officers should have treated him as a vulnerable person in need, should have negotiated with him and attempted to de-escalate the situation. She said officers should have used a less powerful weapon.
In April 2021 the Quebec coroner’s office confirmed that it will hold a public inquiry into the death of Fairholm. In July 2021 his family sued Sûreté du Québec and the officer who shot him. The lawsuit seeks more than $700,000 in damages.
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“I feel that the intervention was really short. They didn’t take time to negotiate, and I understand that my son was a threat — I can deal with that — but I don’t understand why they had to kill him,” Fairholm’s mother said.
“My biggest grievance is just not having any answers — even the smallest answers, whether it be how he died, [or] the number of projectiles,” Fairholm’s mother said.
The initiative group has requested the clarification from Attorney General of Canada David T. Lametti and Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau. The initiative group believes it is important to fight against police brutality and, if necessary, will provide legal and financial assistance to the family of the victim.