Protest over deadly Peel Police shooting enters its third day
Protestors continued to block the intersection of Goreway Drive and Morning Star Tuesday morning as a demonstration over the shooting death of Ejaz Ahmed Choudry entered its third day.
Choudry suffered from schizophrenia. His family alleges police used excessive force when officers stormed the home and shot him.
Peel's police chief released a statement late Monday promising, "the full cooperation of Peel Regional Police with the processes and procedures of the Special Investigations Unit."
The SIU, the province's police watchdog, is probing the death. The family is calling for a public inquiry.
Peel Regional Police said the incident started at 5 p.m. on Saturday when officers were called to the man's home because he was in crisis due to a medical condition and was reportedly not taking his medication.
Police said officers believed the man had access to weapons and entered the home after he stopped communicating, leading to an ``interaction'' where police fired a stun gun, plastic bullets and a gun.
Here is the full statement from Peel Regional Police Chief Nishan Duraiappah:
A Message From Chief Duraiappah
I offer my heartfelt condolences to the family of Ejaz Ahmed Choudry, on his death due to a critical incident on June 20, 2020.
As the investigation into this tragic incident moves forward, you have my assurance on the full cooperation of Peel Regional Police with the processes and procedures of the Special Investigations Unit.
We believe in collaboration with stakeholders, partners and communities to work for public policies that will restore the mental health system so that those with mental health concerns, receive the care that they deservedly need.
Loss of life such as Mr. Choudry's and those before him, lead to deep impact that is felt and shared by the responding officers, and all employees of Peel Police who work diligently to serve and keep the public safe in our communities.
I have been in consultation with our Muslim Advisory Committee, and will be consulting other stakeholders in the community and experts in the field of mental health, to do all that is necessary to support those experiencing mental health distress.
I ask for calm and patience as we sketch our path forward and as the investigations unfold what transpired.
With files from The Canadian Press