Police didn’t need to shoot man in hospital gown: witness

“Vince said he is so disturbed by the events that he told the SIU that if he knew this would have turned out the way it did, he would not have called police.”The renovator who alerted police to Michael Eligon's presence points to the Milverton Blvd. window from which he asked Eligon, wandering in a hospital gown, if he was all right Friday morning. Minutes later, Eligon was shot dead by police.

What also bothers him is that after Eligon was shot three times at point-blank range, he said, the officers stomped on his prone body as he fell to the street.

“They were kicking him, stomping him. There was no need for that,” he said.

Then emergency workers began performing CPR.

Vince’s blood boils thinking about that. “So I am saying to myself, so you shoot him first and killed him, and now you’re trying to bring him back to life,” Vince said.

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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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One Response to Police didn’t need to shoot man in hospital gown: witness

  1. Barbara says:

    this story is so upsetting. when will the police learn how to respond compassionately and safely to a person in need who obviously had mental health issues? these actions by the police cause citizens to distrust the very people who are supposed to protect us.

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