Vigil planned for man killed in police-involved shooting in Mississauga

 

Amidst the various protests against anti-Black racism, a vigil has been planned in Mississauga for 28 year old Jamal Francique, who was killed in a police-involved shooting back in January.

The event, called the Justice 4 Jamal Vigil, is planned to be held at Celebration Square at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 13.

Anti-racism is a life-long commitment,” wrote Climate Justice Peel on Instagram. “We have to show up for Black folks over and over, especially right now where so many young Black folks are taking the lead to organize these actions.”

The group is also planning two anti-racism events in Brampton this week: Brampton 4 BLM at Chinguacousy Park on Saturday afternoon (June 13), and the Peel March for Justice on Wednesday, June 17, which will start at the A. Grenville and William Davis Courthouse and end at the Peel District School Board.

Jamal Francique died on the evening of Tuesday, January 7 when Peel Police officers attended the area of Southampton Drive and Aquinas Avenue to make an arrest.

According to the Special Investigations Unit, police located Francique in a vehicle at which an officer fired multiple shots.

Francique later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.

In the months following his death, advocacy groups have been demanding justice in various ways, including organizing a Change.org petition and a fundraiser to support Francique’s family.

We are a motivated group of Black and racialized community members and organizers that have been moved to action and want to see justice for Jamal and his family,” according to the Chuffed crowdfunding page for Francique.

The toll of Jamal’s death and the delay of the investigation on his family is immeasurable. Police violence affects victims’ families in irreparable ways.”

At this time, no officers have been charged in Francique’s death.

Photo courtesy of Justice for Jamal Francique petition on Change.org

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