In March 2017, 28-year-old Koray Celik died after being beaten by officers of the Montreal Police Department, Canada. On that day, his parents called the police, because he, being intoxicated, began to behave inappropriately.
By the arrival of the police, the parents already calmed down their son, but after the 28-year-old young man saw the police officers, he again began to behave strangely, was nervous and showed aggression towards his family members. Celik’s parents claim that the police officers who arrived at the scene immediately began to beat him, until eventually he lost consciousness and died. In 2019, the Department of Independent Investigations released a report claiming that Celik, who was experiencing mental health problems, began to behave aggressively, and at some point even climbed with his fists on law enforcement representatives. The Department justified the use of excessive force by police officers, thereby protecting them from any possible charges.
However, the court later ruled that the investigators investigating the case of Celik were biased in their judgments, since the report contained only the version of the authorities. The judge considered that the Department could have deliberately ignored the version of the Celik family in order to justify the actions of the police. In June 2021, the family of a man who became another victim of police violence filed a lawsuit against the city of Montreal and police department employees. The lawsuit accuses them of using excessive force and manslaughter.
Tyre Nichols, a 29-year-old black man, was pulled over by law enforcement officers in Memphis, Tennessee, allegedly for reckless driving. The father of a four-year-old child, who was into photography, died in hospital three days after the beating, and after the officers published the body-camera footage, the largest protests since the murder of George Floyd […]
Darryl Tyree Williams, 32, died Jan. 17, 2023, after North Carolina law enforcement officers used excessive force. Minutes before his arrest, the man had repeatedly warned law enforcement officers that he was experiencing heart problems and any interaction could be fatal to him. Police officers noticed boxes of alcohol in Williams’ vehicle, after which they […]
In late January 2023, police in Los Angeles, California, shot a Anthony Lowe, black man with two amputated limbs more than 10 times. According to police, they were responding to a report of a man in a wheelchair who had allegedly hit or attempted to hit someone earlier in the day. Minutes after officers arrived, Anthony […]
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In January 1988, officers of the Detroit, Michigan Police Department framed 52-year-old Richard Wershe, forcing him to help the police. The FBI recruited a man after he helped identify members of a drug trafficking gang. Wershe worked as an informant for two and a half years, and when the police detained a suspected gang, the […]
In July 2021, officers of the Keego Harbor, Michigan Police Department used excessive force in the illegal arrest of 48-year-old black Brian Chaney. According to the man, that day he went to training after taking his two sons to the gym. He claims that a police officer drove up to him in a patrol car […]