Seven arrested including three Mississauga residents during protest this weekend
Police have released the identities of seven people who were arrested in a protest on Saturday, April 10.
A group of protestors occupied the area of Goreway Drive and Morning Star Drive to protest the SIU's recent decision to not lay criminal charges against any of the Peel police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Ejaz Choudry.
Choudry, a 62-year-old schizophrenic man, was killed in his Mississauga apartment last June.
Police say the protestors later moved north on Goreway Drive in an effort to block the railway lines just north of Brandon Gate Drive, at which point police intervened.
"The members of Peel Regional Police support the right to peacefully gather and will ensure the safety of everyone involved, but we have a duty to respond to anything that jeopardizes the safety of demonstrators, local residents, police or crucial infrastructure," said Nishan Duraiappah, Chief of Peel Regional Police.
"Unfortunately, a few of the protestors chose to put themselves and others at risk, and were arrested."
Seven people were arrested and charged:
- Atif Jameel Qureshi, a 34-year-old man from Mississauga, charged with Disturbing the Peace and Obstruct a Peace Officer
- Nasim Asgari, a 23-year-old woman from Toronto, charged with Obstruct a Peace Officer
- Ryan Pelletier, a 27-year-old man from Mississauga, charged with Disturbing the Peace, Obstruct a Peace Officer and Assault with the Intent to Resist Arrest
- Ashraf Sahar, a 30-year-old woman from Toronto, charged with Obstruct a Peace Officer
- Shawn Amankwah, a 30-year-old man from Mississauga, charged with Disturbing the Peace and Obstruct a Peace Officer
- Anthony Bedward, a 26-year-old man of no fixed address, charged with Obstruct a Peace Officer
- Kabir Joshi, a 27-year-old man from Toronto, charged with Obstruct a Peace Officer
They were taken to 21 Division for processing before being released.
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