Saturday, January 15, 2005
A 34-year-old man is dead after a struggle with police officers who raided his west-end Toronto home early yesterday morning looking for drugs.
Paul Medeiros, whose six children were also in the two-storey duplex during the raid, was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital with breathing difficulties and pronounced dead.
His brother-in-law, Manny Botelho, 31, said the hallway was white with pepper-spray and the children became sick to their stomachs from the fumes.
"It makes me angry," he said. "On the side of the [police] cars they say, 'To Serve and Protect,' not to go into someone's house and beat the shit out of someone."