By Jeff Goodall
Security guard shoots and kills two in scuffle – no charges?
In March of this year (2015), a uniformed, armed security guard got into an altercation going into a McDonald’s in the east end of Toronto for something to eat, and shot and killed two men.
Now we are told that no charges will be laid, as there is no prospect of a conviction as the guard was acting in “self-defence”.
And as no charges will be laid, it naturally follows that the identity of the guard cannot be made known to the public…
There are several problems with this, in that the right to self-defence in Canada is anything but an absolute. Here is an extract from a 2012 CBC News item on the issue, and there is a link to the relevant section of the Criminal Code below:
“CBC News: Under what circumstances in Canada is the use of lethal force allowed? – Again, Nichols says the decision is in the judge’s hands, and is made on a case-by-case basis. – “It all comes back to what is reasonable in the circumstance,” she says. “A judge would have to find you had no other choice.” (2). (My emphasis).
Ryan Hind (restaurant patron) shot to death.
Donny Ouimette (restaurant patron) shot dead.
With two unarmed men shot dead, one would think that there is a compelling public interest here for the case to go forward, either with or without a jury as the defence may wish; if the guard’s actions were not reasonable then the public interest demands that he or she should be punished, and if the shootings were indeed justified, then presumably he or she would be happy to be legally vindicated.
There is no shortage of examples of persons being charged by the Crown for using firearms to defend themselves, regardless of whether death or injury resulted, usually in rural areas where police response-times can be anything but prompt.
Indeed, public objections to people being prosecuted for acting in a seemingly reasonable manner to protect themselves, their families and their property, has sometimes resulted in public outrage against the police and the Crown.
We are additionally told that “Selwyn is also an Attorney-at-Law in the Republic of Guyana and Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.”
It seems unlikely to me that Pieters would go to such efforts to speak out on behalf of a White person under these circumstances, so I think it highly likely that the security guard involved is Black … and quite possibly an immigrant.
And if so, then the identity of the guard is probably being withheld from the public for fear of an adverse reaction … both to the killings and to Canada’s open-door immigration policies.
Of course, things would be a lot different if a White security guard shot and killed two unarmed Blacks; the screaming and yelling and threats of “No justice, no peace!” together with demands for charges to be laid would never stop…
But despite the best efforts of the police, courts and the press, this deliberate racial double-standard can only go on for so long, and sooner or later, it will have to come to an end. >>to Full Report
[For added emphasis, bolded, underlined words by ELN Editor]