The province has set June 5th as the start date for a coroner’s inquest into the shooting death of Andrew Loku by police.
The 45 year old was shot twice on July 5 of 2015 in an apartment complex near Rogers and Caledonia after he refused to comply with demands to drop a hammer. Loku was walking towards a peace officer when he was shot.
The Special Investigations Unit originally ruled that officers didn’t exceed the range of justifiable force.
That sparked an outcry from the community and led to protests at police headquarters by Toronto’s Black Lives Matter coalition.
They were calling for charges to be laid against the officers involved and they also wanted the officer identified and video footage of the incident to be made public.
Dr. James Edwards, Regional Supervising Coroner for Central Region, says the inquest will investigate all events surrounding Loku’s death and take steps to make recommendations aimed at preventing similar deaths.
The inquest is expected to last three weeks.