Statement on Ontario Provincial Police decision to not lay charges in the death of Soleiman Faqiri

On December 15, 2016, Mr. Faqiri, a 30 year old man with schizophrenia, who was caged in a segregation unit, died after being brutally restrained, beaten, shackled and pepper sprayed by at least six armed guards. A coroner’s report revealed more than 50 signs of “blunt impact trauma” on Mr. Faqiri’s body, including on his neck, at the time of his death. We call on the Ontario Provincial Police and the provincial Crown Attorney to release details of its investigation, and we call on the Ontario Provincial Police to lay criminal charges against guards who participated in an were responsible for the death of Soleiman Faqiri.

Read our joint statement here.