It was by phone that, on June 28, 2017, Lizaline Coriolan learned that her brother Pierre Coriolan had been killed the day before by police officers. A representative from the Office of Independent Investigations (BEI) told her the news while she waited for the bus after her work day.
“This is not a way to announce a death to a loved one. It’s inhuman, as far as I am concerned, ”said coroner Luc Malouin, who immediately presides over the investigation into the death of Pierre Coriolan on June 27, 2017 during a police intervention. “The message will go to the EIB,” he said.
Lizaline Coriolan began her testimony late Tuesday morning. In a barely audible voice, she said that she saw her brother every two or three weeks. She described him as “a brother, a father, a friend, a confidant”: “He loved everyone. He was not a bad man. He was a wise man. “
She had seen him the day before her death, on June 26, 2017, shortly after noon. She then brought him money so that he could buy gas for his car, among other things. “He was correct. It was normal, ”she said.
Pierre Coriolan lived on social assistance. He had once been a taxi driver. According to her, her brother had no mental health or physical health problems. And to his knowledge, he was not using drugs or alcohol and had no suicidal thoughts. She said that she did not know that her brother was to be evicted from his home soon.
From 1 a.m. on June 28, 2017, she said that she had received calls which she later identified as coming from the EIB. But she didn’t answer it because she was going to work. It was finally around 5 p.m., after leaving work, that she spoke on the phone with an BEI employee who announced the death of her brother. “I was all alone on the street,” she said, still shaken by the events.
An investigator finally came to his home. According to his testimony, he said that at the time of the police intervention, his brother was holding a “big butcher knife”.
Earlier in the morning, the statement by Jean-Philippe Tremblay, a community support worker from the Fédération des OSBL d’habitation de Montréal (FOHM), was read at the hearing.
Mr. Tremblay described Pierre Coriolan as a long-term tenant of the avenue Robillard building. He was “extremely discreet” and did not participate in community activities, he said. From 2016, Pierre Coriolan would have started to call the FOHM to say that people entered his accommodation and put “a syringe in his beer”. “I saw him in person a maximum of five times. He was polite and respectful, not aggressive despite his surprising words. “
FOHM, however, began to receive complaints from other tenants. They reported cries and yells from Mr. Coriolan in the evening and at night.
Eviction procedures were initiated and the case was heard at the Régie du logement in May 2017. Three weeks later, the Régie gave the green light to the eviction of Pierre Coriolan from his accommodation. He died before the eviction procedure.
“Tenants have said that they no longer want to call the police in the future for fear it will end in tragedy,” said Jean-Philippe Tremblay.
Gilbert Desjardins, expert in forensic ballistics, came to present his analysis report. Using the audio recording of the event, he was able to determine that in the space of 25 seconds, seven detonations were heard, two with the electric pulse pistol, two with the handgun plastic and three shots from a gun.