Police victim’s family speaks out


A Quebec association representing families of people with mental illness is calling for more extensive police training, after two men were shot this summer. Patrick Limoges and Mario Hamel were shot and killed by Montreal police during an early-morning confrontation on Sainte-Catherine Street in June.Police said Hamel, a troubled man living in transitional housing, was causing a disturbance and threatened officers. Limoges, an innocent bystander, was struck by an errant bullet in the standoff. New information obtained by Radio-Canada’s Enquête program reveals that Hamel had a substantial psychiatric history, and a criminal record for threatening his family. But he was deemed not criminally responsible by virtue of his mental illness. Hamel’s family now wonders whether his death could have been prevented.


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Working with animation, video, painting, drawing, installation and intervention, my interdisciplinary practice examines the complex position of culture within neoliberal capitalism and critiques modes of social control, while exploring the potential for art to function as a site of resistance. I am specifically interested in how modes of violence are perpetuated collectively through popular narratives, concepts of justice and denial of accountability. Frequently engaging with communities and collectives, my practice eschews individual authorship in favour of collaboration. This has included an ongoing commitment to working with women and youth who are in conflict with the law, through the creation of art projects in prisons as well as at numerous centres that support marginalized people. In 2008, I completed an MFA through the Public Art and New Artistic Strategies program at the Bauhaus University (Weimar, Germany). My work has been shown nationally and internationally in festivals, screenings, artist run centres and museums. I am currently employed as an Assistant Professor of Studio Arts at Concordia University. http://jessicamaccormackrmack.tumblr.com/
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