[Hpn] February 20, 2001 marks the 4th anniversary of the shooting of Edmond Yu

Graeme Bacque graeme.bacque@3web.net
Sat, 17 Feb 2001 21:26:37 -0500


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MEDIA RELEASE * MEDIA RELEASE * MEDIA RELEASE * MEDIA RELEASE

February 20, 2001 marks the 4th anniversary of the shooting of Edmond Yu

         At 12:00 noon on Tuesday, February 20, 2001, people will be 
gathering in Grange Park (East of Beverley St., between Dundas & Queen)  to 
honour the memory of Edmond Yu, who was shot and killed by the Toronto 
police four years earlier.

         On this date in 1997 Edmond Yu, a 35-year old homeless man,  was 
confronted by the police on board an empty TTC vehicle parked at the foot 
of Spadina Avenue. When they attempted to take Edmond into custody under 
the Mental Health Act, he responded by removing a small hammer from under 
his clothing, which he held in the air near his body. All three cops on the 
bus with him immediately drew their guns and one of them (Const. Lou 
Pasquino) opened fire. Edmond died instantly after being hit by three slugs.

         Thus far the various levels of government have failed to act on 
the twenty-four recommendations arising out of the inquest into Edmond's 
death. Both homelessness and reports of police violence have spiraled 
wildly out of control during the previous four years. (The three officers 
directly involved in the shooting were quickly cleared of wrongdoing by the 
Special Investigations Unit). In addition, the Harris government has 
brought in Draconian measures targeting persons with a psychiatric 
diagnosis, through the introduction of 'Brian's Law.'

         Members of the public are invited to join with Psychiatric 
Survivors, human rights advocates, friends and family members to help keep 
Edmond's spirit alive  through personal sharing, theatre and song. Invited 
speakers include representatives from the Toronto Disaster Relief Committee 
and the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty. As well, the Friendly Spike 
Theatre Band will be previewing material from its latest work in progress, 
tentatively entitled The Edmond Yu Project.

For more information contact:

Heinz Klein   PH: (416) 406-2595
Kathleen Smyth  PH: (416) 654-4121








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<b><i><u>February 20, 2001 marks the 4<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the
shooting of Edmond Yu<br>
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&nbsp;<x-tab>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</x-tab><b>At
12:00 noon on Tuesday, February 20, 2001, people will be gathering in
Grange Park (East of Beverley St., between Dundas &amp; Queen)&nbsp; to
honour the memory of Edmond Yu, who was shot and killed by the Toronto
police four years earlier. <br>
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</b><x-tab>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</x-tab>On
this date in 1997 Edmond Yu, a 35-year old homeless man,&nbsp; was
confronted by the police on board an empty TTC vehicle parked at the foot
of Spadina Avenue. When they attempted to take Edmond into custody under
the Mental Health Act, he responded by removing a small hammer from under
his clothing, which he held in the air near his body. All three cops on
the bus with him immediately drew their guns and one of them (Const. Lou
Pasquino) opened fire. Edmond died instantly after being hit by three
slugs. <br>
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<x-tab>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</x-tab>Thus far
the various levels of government have failed to act on the twenty-four
recommendations arising out of the inquest into Edmond's death. Both
homelessness and reports of police violence have spiraled wildly out of
control during the previous four years. (The three officers directly
involved in the shooting were quickly cleared of wrongdoing by the
Special Investigations Unit). In addition, the Harris government has
brought in Draconian measures targeting persons with a psychiatric
diagnosis, through the introduction of 'Brian's Law.' <br>
<br>
<x-tab>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</x-tab>Members of
the public are invited to join with Psychiatric Survivors, human rights
advocates, friends and family members to help keep Edmond's spirit
alive&nbsp; through personal sharing, theatre and song. Invited speakers
include representatives from the Toronto Disaster Relief Committee and
the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty. As well, the Friendly Spike
Theatre Band will be previewing material from its latest work in
progress, tentatively entitled <b><i>The Edmond Yu Project.<br>
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For more information contact:<br>
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Heinz Klein&nbsp;&nbsp; PH: (416) 406-2595<br>
Kathleen Smyth&nbsp; PH: (416) 654-4121<br>
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