Machuar Madut, a 43-year-old man of South Sudanese origin, was shot and killed by Winnipeg, Canada, police on Feb. 23, 2019.
According to police, officers were responding a call of a man armed with a hammer who was breaking into suites. Witnesses said he had managed to enter one of apartments. Police said the officers tried using Tasers, which had no effect. After one officer was punched in the head, Madut allegedly grabbed a hammer and began swinging it at the officers. When Madut held the hammer above his head, one officer fired his gun three times, fatally wounding the man. He was taken to hospital in critical condition where he was pronounced dead.
In January 2020, Manitoba’s police watchdog has said no charges should be laid against the officer who shot and killed Madut. His family considered this decision unfair and said that he did not speak English well and had mental disorders. The family believes that his origin played a large role in this case.
Demonstrations took place after Madut’s death and the watchdog’s decision. On March 12, 2021, human rights organizations created a fundraiser. Proceeds donated to this fundraiser will go directly to the Madut family. This will help cover any living expenses and pursuit of justice for Madut.
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“Had Madut been met with de-escalation, rather than guns, racial bias and police violence, he would still be here today,” the fundraiser said.
“The officers didn’t take into consideration who he was, in my opinion. They just walked in, saw a scary large black guy and weren’t going to give him a chance to explain himself,” Sandy Deng, member of the South Sudanese community in Winnipeg 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.