Nicholas Gibbs, 23, was shot and killed by Montreal, Canada, police officers in August 2018.
Police were responding a call about a fight which Gibbs was involved in. According to police, he approached an officer with a knife. The officer used a stun gun, but it did not work. Gibbs allegedly continued moving towards the officer, so he shot Gibbs.
A witness filmed the incident. The knife is not seen in the video. Officers are not seen using the stun gun. The officer fired 4 shots at Gibbs and after he turned his back the officer fired the 5th shot. The family’s attorney said officers did not try to de-escalate the situation and that it was not necessary shooting Gibbs after he turned his back.
In June 2021, lawyers of the Gibbs family said the family would continue to pursue charges for police officers. In December 2021, Quebec Crown announced decision not to lay charges against the officers who shot Gibbs.
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“It hurts. I have to live the rest of my life, not knowing — I won’t be able to see my son again,” said Erma Gibbs.
Quebec’s top prosecutor said in a news release that the evidence in that report “does not reveal the commission of a criminal offence by the police officers of the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) who took part in the intervention.”
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.