Key moments that followed the watershed moment when Anthony Griffin was shot
The Montreal police shooting of a 19-year-old black man 3 decades ago sparked a movement that continues today
Thirty years ago, on Nov. 11, 1987, an unarmed, 19-year-old black man was fatally shot in the head by a Montreal police officer.
His name was Anthony Griffin.
His death was a watershed moment for police relations with the black community in Montreal.
It mobilized the community to put pressure on authorities to answer serious questions about the shooting and examine the way they related to Montreal's different ethnic communities.
That process, some would say, is ongoing.
These are a few key moments in that journey.
November 11, 1987
When they arrive at the police station, Griffin tries to flee. He is unarmed. Const. Allan Gosset yells at him to stop and turn around, which he eventually does, but Gosset shoots Griffin in the head. The young man is taken to the Jewish General Hospital, where he is pronounced dead around 11:45 a.m.
Both Gosset and Montreal's chief of police say the gun went off by accident. Regardless, Gosset is suspended without pay.
November 20, 1987
November 21, 1987
More than 2,000 people attend a march in Montreal to protest against Griffin's shooting. Many express their anger that Gosset has been charged with manslaughter instead of murder.
November 24, 1987
February 15, 1988
Wearing a grey suit and blue tie, Gosset shows up to the Montreal courthouse for the beginning of his trial. The courtroom is packed as the prosecution's first witnesses testify.
February 24, 1988
Gosset is found not guilty of manslaughter. Griffin's parents launch a $1.6-million civil suit against the City of Montreal and Gosset.
The family was ultimately awarded $25,000.
February 27, 1988
July 8, 1988
Gosset successfully challenges his dismissal from the Montreal police service and is reintegrated, although he doesn't remain a police officer for long.
The Quebec Court of Appeal orders a new trial for Gosset, citing the trial judge's error in instructing the jury. In September 1993, the appeal court's ruling is upheld by the Supreme Court of Canada.
Gosset is acquitted of manslaughter for a second time.