Friends and family of a disabled man were shocked to find out Monday that 46 year old Charlie McGillivary of Toronto had been killed in an altercation with police. The always friendly and helpful McGillivary, who has been unable to speak since suffering brain damage in a car accident when he was four, was on his way to get pizza with his mother, when he was thrown to the pavement and arrested by police who were investigating another crime in the area. Despite his mother's pleas to police that he was disabled, and unable to speak, the three officers continued with their forceful arrest.
“His face turned blue and his eyes were already [rolling],” said Ms. McGillivary, adding that witnesses told her that her son was thrown onto the ground and handcuffed. “It was a heart attack from what I saw.”
An official cause of death has not been released, but an internal investigation into the actions of the arresting officers has been launched. Read the full article.