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Death of a baby:  charges against 3 police officers dropped

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The police were aware of the presence of a baby in the vehicle before shooting. (Archive photo)

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Nathan Vanderheyden, Kenneth Pengelly and Grayson Cappus were charged with manslaughter and criminal negligence causing death following an investigation by the Special Investigations Unit (SIU).

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">The charges were dropped because the Crown had no evidence to contradict the officers' version of events, prosecutor Ian Bulmer explained Monday.

He added that although the evidence established that newborn Jameson Shapiro died after being struck by at least one bullet fired by police, his death was a tragic unintended consequence of the shooting by the defendants in a situation of self-defense.

He believes that a jury would probably have reached the same conclusion. The police officers' lawyers, for their part, expressed their relief for their clients.

Of course I would like good police officers to spare themselves this ordeal, underlines Joseph Markson, lawyer for Kenneth Pengelly, who has 48 years of service in Toronto and then with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).

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But I understand and respect the functioning of justice, the need for transparency and the good work of the SIU, he adds.

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Joseph Markson, lawyer for Officer Kenneth Pengelly (at the bottom), believes that this procedure is in some way part of the collective mourning after this tragedy.

Harry Black, lawyer for Grayson Cappus, insists on his client's isolation during the proceedings. A condition of his bail was that he could not speak to anyone in his team of 30 to 40 officers. However, the agents who work in these units are friends, he mentions.

For two years, he was unable to speak to any of his friends, then, after authorization, to only three people, the lawyer sued.

The results of the investigation determined that there was no reasonable prospect of conviction for the officers, OPP Association President John Cerasuolo said in an email.

Our agents did their job in accordance with their training

A quote from John Cerasuolo, President of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Association

No details on return to work police officers was not specified. It will be different for each of them, said OPP Sergeant Jason Folz during a press scrum Monday morning in Oshawa.

On November 26, 2020, police were attempting to intercept a man suspected of kidnapping his young son in Kawartha Lakes, approximately 180 kilometers northeast of Toronto.

According to the SIU investigation, officers attempted to intercept the 33-year-old father's pickup truck when it crashed into a police patrol car. the OPP and another car on Pigeon Lake Road.

A police officer who was standing outside the patrol at the time was seriously injured.

Three officers then opened fire , hitting the infant inside the van and his father, Jameson Shapiro, according to the SIU.

The child's death was observed on site. His father was taken to the hospital and died from his injuries about a week later.

According to recordings of the parents' conversations Police published two years after the events, the officers knew there was a baby in the van. x27;opening of a coroner's inquest into this matter.

With information from CBC's Sara Jabakhanji and Chris Glover< /em>

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