Winnipeg’s South Sudanese community is demanding answers after the death of one of its members at the hands of Winnipeg police.Machuar Madut was killed at his Colony Street apartment Saturday morning in an incident under investigation by the Independent Investigation Unit.In a release Monday, representatives from the Council of South Sudanese Community of Manitoba (COSSCOM) said Madut had been suffering from – and receiving help for – mental health issues, which had resulted in his separation from his children and family.READ MORE: Man dead from gunshot wounds after Winnipeg police open fire, says IIU
Members of Winnipeg’s South Sudanese Community publicly condemned the police shooting.
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“We are deeply saddened by the level of force used by the Winnipeg police in response to this incident,” said the release.“This is not the first time our community members felt victims of the Winnipeg police excessive use of force.”The release described Madut as a man who “would never pose a threat to anyone”, who spent most of his time at the Portage Place mall and at the South Sudanese Community Centre.The IIU said police were called to the Colony Street apartment after a report of a man with a hammer and a possible break-in to one of the suites Saturday.“At 9:43 a.m. that morning, a confrontation with the male took place and resulted in an officer or officers discharging their firearms. The male was transported to Health Sciences Centre where he was subsequently pronounced deceased.”The IIU continues to investigate.WATCH: Winnipeg man angered by police shooting