Police shootings of 3 mentally ill people homicide: Inquest

Reyal Jardine-Douglas, 25, is seen on a TTC bus in video shown at the inquest into his fatal...

Reyal Jardine-Douglas, 25, is seen on a TTC bus in video shown at the inquest into his fatal shooting by Toronto Police Aug. 29, 2010. (QMI Agency file photo)

Terry Davidson, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:56 PM ET

TORONTO ─ An inquest jury has determined three fatal shootings of mentally ill people by Toronto Police were homicide.

A coroner's inquest began in the fall into the deaths of Michael Eligon, Reyal Jardine-Douglas and Sylvia Klibingaitis, all of whom had mental health issues.

The Special Investigations Unit cleared all three officers in the cases of wrongdoing.

A homicide verdict in an inquest carries no criminal implications.

The jury came back with 74 recommendations, including more emphasis during police training on de-escalation techniques when dealing with the mentally ill in crisis.


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