LOCAL NEWS, POLICE USE OF FORCE

Predictable End for Gangster with Gun

Adrian Lacquette (FB)

It was a predictable ending for a Winnipeg gangster shot and killed by members of the Winnipeg Police Service on Wednesday.

In reality, we should be surprised it hasn’t happened sooner.

Is there any reason we shouldn’t expect it to happen again…and soon?

We saw it coming.

The proliferation of gun crime and gun violence in our City this year has been alarming.

Officer Involved Shooting

On September 12, 2017 at 11:15 p.m., Police responded to a residence in the 800 block of Pritchard Avenue regarding the report of a woman being assaulted by a man with a firearm. The woman was not seriously injured.

Approximately thirty (30) minutes later, a woman pulled into her garage in the 1000 block of Pritchard Avenue when a man armed with a firearm carjacked her vehicle. The woman was not physically injured.

Approximately fifteen (15) minutes later, around midnight, police report a business in the 1400 block of Notre Dame was robbed by a man armed with a firearm. No injuries were reported.

Approximately twenty (20) minutes later, at 12:20 a.m., the suspect, still operating the stolen vehicle, was located in the 300 block of Blake Street.

The suspect fled the scene in the stolen vehicle at this time.

Police Reported Incidents (CTV News)

AIR1 assisted and tracked the stolen vehicle to the 400 block of Alfred Avenue and proceeded to direct members of the WPS Tactical Team into the area.

At approximately 12:50 a.m., police were involved in a confrontation with a suspect which resulted in an officer involved shooting. Police reported a 23-year-old man of Winnipeg was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

Media reports quickly identified the deceased man as Adrian Lacquette (23) of Winnipeg.

The Independent Investigation Unit (IIU) of Manitoba has jurisdiction and took responsibility for the investigation.

Fatal Police Shootings

Fatal police involved shootings are always tragic and often controversial.

Tragic for the people who have lost someone they love and tragic for the Police Officer (s) who had to use lethal force that resulted in the loss of life.

There are no winners in these cases.

Controversial due to mistrust of the police, suggestions of excessive use of force or racial bias, misconceptions regarding police use of force and inflammatory news reporting.

The information vacuum in these cases significantly contributes to an increase in speculation, rumour and misinformation.

The family left to mourn is often kept in the dark until these investigations are complete.

The lack of clarity contributes to their grief.

The lack of understanding regarding police use of lethal force exacerbates the grieving process and adds to the confusion.

“There’s no reason to kill him and shoot him how many times they did, they could have just tasered him or maced him or shot him in the leg for something,” said Lacquette’s mother Joanne Malcolm.

I have no intention of debasing a grieving mother but suffice it to say Joanne Malcolm demonstrates a profound lack of understanding regarding police use of lethal force.

Understandable to a certain extent given the circumstances.

An independent witness in the area of the shooting told the press, “I was sitting in my living room last night and I heard heavy footsteps and suddenly I heard “drop the gun,” it didn’t click immediately and then just gunfire erupted.”

It’s difficult to imagine the shooting was not justified.

“Known to Police”

Media accounts suggest Adrian Lacquette was “known” to police.

“Known to police” is a gentle way to describe people who often have serious criminal records.

Media reports indicate Lacquette was convicted of possession of a narcotic for the purpose of trafficking in 2013 and had a lifetime weapons ban.

His mother suggested, “He used to be a gang member but got out of the gangs.”

A search of Lacquette’s social media suggests otherwise.

In a live Facebook video post uploaded on September 7, 2017, Lacquette removes any doubt regarding his street gang inclinations…

It’s clear from Lacquette’s social media he embraced the gang culture that’s undeniably shaped the criminal landscape in our City.

(Lacquette used the pseudonym “Ackquille Pollard” on Facebook)

If you can decipher the gang speak you will hear Lacquette trash talk B-Side gang members and threaten rivals who aren’t down with his crew – “They ain’t rock with us they die from us.”

His message and mentality is abundantly clear.

In a FB post on September 12, 2017, mere hours before he was shot and killed by police, Lacquette made it even more clear what he was about;

Adrian Lacquette (FB)

Lacquette’s photographs on social media demonstrates he strongly identified with the criminal street gang culture.

Gangs, guns, cash…

Adrian Lacquette

It’s all there in black and white.

There’s no need to pretend or minimize.

In one photograph, Lacquette takes a selfie posing shirtless, baseball hat canted sideways with a large handgun stuffed into the waistband of his low riding pants.

He was who he was – a product of his environment no doubt.

(If you scroll through his FB photos you will find a disturbing photograph of an infant child covered in cash from what is likely the proceeds of his involvement in illicit criminal activity. This child is likely his – photo not published to protect identity of the child.)

Despite the abundance of hard-core gang related photographs on his Facebook page, the Winnipeg Free Press opted to publish a cropped photograph of Lacquette removing what some people might consider an obscene gesture from the image.

I understand their dilemma.

There were very few photo’s of Lacquette where he wasn’t proudly displaying his middle finger to the camera.

I’m still not sure why the press felt it was necessary to sanitize the image.

Shouldn’t the public be exposed to the truth?

Maybe they think you can’t handle the truth…

The Use of Lethal Force

Zane Tessler IIU (Global News)

The Manitoba IIU is tasked with conducting the investigation into the fatal police involved shooting of Adrian Lacquette.

This is the ninth police involved shooting the Unit has investigated since their inception in June 2015.

It seems the Unit has done thorough, objective, competent investigations to date.

The concluding reports into these matters have been detailed and well-reasoned.

Ultimately, I’m confident they’ll find the fatal police involved shooting of Adrian Lacquette was not motivated by racial prejudice or the fact he was a criminal, street thug or gang member.

None of that is relevant.

The IIU will make an assessment whether or not the officer (s) who shot Lacquette had reason to fear he presented a deadly threat to them.

It’s really that simple.

Did Lacquette have a firearm?

Did he refuse to drop the firearm?

Did the officers reasonably believe they were in danger of suffering death or grievous bodily injury?

I suspect the answers will leave little doubt.

Predictable Endings for Gangsters with Guns

Not less than eight (8) hours before the WPS Tactical Team encountered Adrian Lacquette they were busy executing a firearms search warrant at a residence in the 100 block of Cobourg Avenue.

During that search officers seized;

  • one loaded .40 calibre handgun
  • one sawed off heavily modified firearm of an unknown calibre
  • .22 calibre, .40 calibre & 9 mm calibre ammunition
  • several articles of Manitoba Warrior gang clothing and paraphernalia

    Manitoba Warrior Gang Paraphrenalia (WPS Handout)

Three (3) suspects were charged with multiple firearm offences.

Police say investigators believe the seizures are related to gang activity in the City.

No shit.

I think so too.

While some will suggest our City is a better place without the likes of Adrian Lacquette I suggest a different mentality and approach.

We have to raise our collective social consciousness when it comes to young Indigenous men and their participation in criminal street gangs.

We have to be concerned when young Indigenous men continue to identify more with the criminal street gang culture than they do with their own Indigenous culture.

We have to educate young Indigenous men regarding the fate they are likely to experience by virtue of their participation in a criminal street gang.

We have to show them where that road ends…

In the mean time, the Indigenous experience in our City and Province has to improve if we hope to change the continuing dismal reality.

If it doesn’t, it’s easy to predict more gun violence, more homicides and more fatal police involved shootings.

If nothing changes, nothing changes.

That’s how I see it from down here.


Editor’s Note:

The trend continues…

Since the shooting of Lacquette the WPS has been involved in a number of gang, drug and firearm related investigations…

WPS Media Release
WPS Media Release
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13 Comments

  1. Jocelyn;

    Not to be overly critical but your starting sentence really should be capitalized.

    I don’t believe you need a coma when using the conjunction “or” in your fifth sentence and you definitely neglected to put a period on your concluding sentence.

    I appreciate your offer and will consider submissions from your ten year old.

    Thank you for reading.

  2. the writing in this article is absolutely horrendous. The grammar and phrasing render it almost unreadable. If you need a writer, I am available. So is my 10 year-old. Please get a writer that can actually write, or a good editor before you publish. Have some self-respect and respect for your readers. We deserve better than THIS

  3. James G Jewell has written an opinion piece on the latest police shooting of an Indigenous man. That is fair. At least the notion that everyone has an opinion that is. However his piece does cross over into the ugly. Painting a brush on a whole segment of society in Winnipeg. He obviously does not think much of the Indigenous people in Winnipeg. According to him we are all gangsters and will be more likely killed by police or by each other. Now I’m not trying to understand or comment on the shooting. I am disturbed at the use of the event to actively promote violence, stereotyping and hatred towards Indigenous people. I know its popular right now in Manitoba to bash Indians; as we are in the age of Government Pallister. Still Jewell is a member of the police force. An agency with considerable power of the community. To gloat over the killing (deserved or not) of an Indigenous man is unkind (to say the least). We know there is a divide between the Indigenous community and the police force. Winnipeg police are not big on relationships. They have embraced a culture of military agents and have clear battle lines. Jewell is entitled to his opinion but it clearly highlights the division of police and Indigenous. He is predicating more killing of Indigenous people.

  4. We know the police have a hard job and meeting and dealing with bad people is ugly. The police are a required in society no doubt. The culture of the force has become the “force”. We see the chests pumping out, the mean glances at the general public. We get it. You got to be on guard. The ugly face of gangs and drugs. So killing has to happen. Being proud of the killing is another thing. No contrition or remorse. In this case maybe there should not be any. However the culture of force is spilling into the regular public and that is not a good thing. I know of a case where the police officers made rude crude remarks and ended up hurting a young woman. In front of her kids yet. The officers didn’t own their behaviour. Yet police ask people to own theirs? So we are in a situation of the force against the public. How does that change or should it even change? I am not a criminal and have a clean police record. Still my experiences with police have been a mixture of friendly, cordial, unpleasant, uncomfortable and ugly situations; Regardless of how we approach each other. Do police want a relationship with the public or is it safer to judge everyone as potential danger (in order to keep safe)? Hard job no doubt. Still its a choice. And you can choose to be hard or to be even.

  5. _ _ _ _ the police and the media you guys are all a joke, you don’t know the shit we go thru to make us the way were are so stop judging and making us look bad and talking shit so _ _ _ _ you!

  6. Excellent article Sir! Thank you.

  7. The the fact that the UK and new Zealand don’t have armed police is not indicative of a police policy problem in the Canada/USA. We have different cultures. The likely hood of a perpetrator having a gun in the UK or new Zealand is very low. You can’t use those 2 as a fair comparison to countries where guns are very likely. We have cities in the USA where gun laws are the strictest and have the highest amount of gun crime…

  8. So let me see if I can understand this. The mother of some who flashes guns, you know the thing designed to kill people, wanted the police to not use a gun on him?
    I wonder if she had told her son to use a taser or mace instead of a gun..?

  9. The media, this author included need to stop giving these dirt bags credibility by calling them gangsters, thugs,etc.
    I’ve worked in law enforcement at the federal level for 21 years and the one thing that criminals value above all else is their “street creed”.
    Their reputation as a gang banger means everything to them..and to see themselves refereed to as a “gangster” in all the media sources only emboldens them.
    Call them what they are..a criminal. Stop glorifying their way of life.

  10. Michael Phelan;

    Thank you very much for your comments and your question.

    If you ask any experienced police officer what the most misunderstood aspect of Law Enforcement is I am confident they would overwhelmingly suggest police use of force.

    I find you question essentially proves my theory.

    I will be happy to look at your link but would then ask you to look at mine.

    http://thepoliceinsider.com/hold-fire-missed-opportunity/

    It’s an article I wrote in response to a CBC documentary called “Hold Your Fire”

    The documentary, in my respectful opinion, was full of minimizations, mischaracterizations and absurd expectations of police officers exposed to deadly force encounters.

    They also drew a comparison to police in the UK suggesting they were much better at resolving deadly force threats peacefully.

    Their conclusions did not stand up to scrutiny.

    In a matter of minutes I found information on over 16 incidents where UK Police Officers were killed in edged weapon attacks. Several of these cases involved officers attempted to use a non-lethal response to people with mental health issues.

    In Winnipeg, we haven’t lost an officer in a line of duty death since 1970.

    So in answer to your question, I don’t believe London Police are better trained at all.

    In fact, they die in the line of duty much more frequently primarily because of the way they respond to deadly force threats.

    I appreciate your question and the opportunity to start the conversation.

  11. Mr Jewell, first of all, great article. But I take exception to your comments that we, the public have “lack of understanding of police use of lethal force”. We get it. But maybe it’s bad policy? I note that police in the UK, Ireland and New Zealand don’t carry firearms at all, and are trained instead to deal with threats non-leathally. Please watch the following clip of London Metropolitan Police arresting a troubled man wielding a machete. This man dies in Winnipeg, and lives in London. Perhaps London police are better trained?

    https://youtu.be/dFaPooJBDSg

  12. Mateo,

    Ownership is a big part of what is lacking in all of this…

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts…

  13. Good read, James.

    It’s disingenuous and misleading for the public when the media publishes an inaccurate photo of this subject. They have a history of doing this, and the public deserves an accurate, truthful representation of who this guy was, and how he’s chosen to conduct his life.

    Indigenous folks, elders and leaders, ought to use these types of incidents to educate their people, especially youth. Indigenous leaders need to use these examples as warnings of how not to conduct their lives.
    Instead, we hear the same accusatory language and unsubstantiated claims of racism directed at our police for doing their jobs. We get the same finger pointing, the claims of unjust/unnecessary use of force, and a total lack of accountability.

    Thanks for shedding some light on this.

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