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Family of man shot dead by Durham police eager to provide inquest with new details

Joanne MacIsaac says she’s been haunted in her nightmares by the final moments she spent in hospital with her brother Michael, who was shot twice by a Durham police officer in 2013. “There were so many machines, they couldn’t close his abdomen, there was so much bleeding, and I put my hand on his shoulder, and I just said ‘Michael,’” MacIsaac said. “And he opened his eyes so wide and stared at me, I could tell he was in so much pain. I started to scream ‘My God he’s in pain, he’s in pain,’ and the doctor said his blood pressure was too low, we can’t give him any pain medication.” MacIsaac, becoming emotional in her Mississauga kitchen, was recounting for the first time in detail the day she and her sister Eileen went into Michael’s room at St. Michael’s Hospital after he emerged from five hours of surgery on Dec. 2, 2013. He would ultimately succumb to his injuries after being shot by Const. Brian Taylor on a residential street in Ajax. Article Continued BelowThe 47-year-old man had been walking naked with a table leg, although his family disputes the account of Ontario’s police watchdog that he was still carrying it when he was shot. His family believes he had an epileptic seizure prior to the shooting. The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) did not lay charges against Taylor, finding the use of force to be justified. “I’ll never forget the look in (Michael’s) eyes. Never. How cruel. Nobody deserves that . . . He didn’t break the law, what did he do? What did he do to deserve that? He didn’t even commit a crime. What did he do?” MacIsaac repeated.

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