Josephine Pelletier, 33-year-old Cree woman, was shot dead by police in Calgary, Canada, on May 17, 2018.
According to police, she and her 18-year-old-son Elijah were barricaded in a basement of a residence that was not her home. Upstairs occupants of the residence called the police to report a home invasion. Police arrived with a K9 unit and a tactical team.
According to news reports, police officers heard sounds of distress from inside and two officers fired live rounds at Josephine, who was unarmed. She died on the scene. Police also shot Elijah with rubber bullets, rendering him unconscious.
In April 2021, Pelletier’s mother said police did not give her answers about her daughter’s death. The death is currently under investigation by the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT).
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“They didn’t wipe her up. There was still blood on her body. There was a bullet by her ear, one on the back of her head, one on her arm – she must have put her arms up. I saw three bullets, but then I couldn’t look any more,” Pelletier’s mother explained.
“She was not a target to be shot at many times by multiple cops,” added her sister Shalene Jobin.
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.