The family of man shot and killed by Peel police two years ago have launched a multi million dollar lawsuit against the force.
Jermaine Carby was killed following a confrontation with police in Brampton, after the car he was travelling in was stopped by officers in September of 2014.
Carby’s family are now looking for at least $12 million in damages, claiming that the officers involved had engaged in racial profiling and were motivated by racial prejudice.
In a statement of claim filed this week, a lawyer for Carby’s mother alleges that the officer who conducted the traffic stop believed Carby was involved in criminal activity solely because he was a young black man.
The lawsuit also states that Carby had suffered from a serious mental illness and that police were aware of this, but deliberately ignored the information.
An investigation into the shooting was carried out by the province’s police watchdog and in 2015, the SIU it cleared Const. Ryan Reid of any wrongdoing in the 33 year old’s death.