Petition: We demand justice for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police's murder of Kyaw Din
This petition will be delivered to Attorney General David Eby, the Independent Investigations Office, the BC RCMP, and the Ridge Meadows RCMP detachment. Our goal is to collect 500 signatures. Please help spread the word!
1. FIRE JENNIFER HYLAND, OFFICER IN CHARGE OF RIDGE MEADOWS RCMP
2. FIRE THE OFFICERS WHO KILLED KYAW & CHARGE THEM WITH MURDER
3. STOP SENDING POLICE TO MENTAL HEALTH CALLS
4. CALL A CORONER'S INQUIRY INTO KYAW'S DEATH
Kyaw Din was murdered by Ridge Meadows RCMP officers on August 11th.
Officers attended Kyaw Din's home after his sister, Yin Yin, called the police for assistance taking him to the hospital. Although Kyaw was calm and non-violent, RCMP officers insisted on confronting him, rather than heeding Yin Yin's multiple requests that they wait for her older siblings. Without even communicating to Kyaw, who spoke little English, two police officers were outside his bedroom door, opened it with a taser drawn, and then, within seconds, shot him three times in the face, neck, and chest.
What happened to Kyaw was racist, senseless, and brutal – but it was not an anomaly or accident. The BC Coroner's Service published a report in June 2019 that examined 127 deaths that occurred within 24 hours of contact with police between 2013-2017. Seventy percent of these calls involved a mental health component, with over half of the people who died exhibiting mental health symptoms during their contact with police. Although Indigenous people make up 6% of the Province's population, they accounted for 20% of the deaths.
While the BC Coroner's report recommends that police be integrated even further into mental health care and emergency responses, we are calling for the opposite: to detach the police, and their guns and violence, from mental health responses. When the police show up to confront people who are in mental distress or using drugs, they put those people's lives at risk. If the RCMP officers had not insisted on needlessly confronting Kyaw, he would still be alive today.
Kyaw's murder communicates to marginalized and criminalized communities that they are worthless, disposable, and outside the "public" that police supposedly protect. Failing to punish the officers responsible for his death, including their superiors, will further entrench the disposability of criminalized groups: Indigenous people, poor people, refugees, racialized people, homeless people, and people living with mental illness.
We support the call from Kyaw Din’s family for justice. The family’s four demands are the least that can be done to respond to the RCMP's murder of Kyaw Din.
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