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Canada Hamilton paramedics face criminal charges in Al-Hasnawi case

13:31  02 august  2018
13:31  02 august  2018 Source:   thestar.com

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The criminal charges against paramedics come eight months after the 19-year-old Al - Hasnawi was fatally shot on a Sanford Avenue North sidewalk Dec. Al - Hasnawi , the oldest of five children and a first-year student at Brock University, had aspirations of becoming a doctor. He was quiet, an artist

(Al-Mostafa Islamic Centre). Two Hamilton paramedics have been charged after the death of a "This was a very difficult and challenging case for our investigators, who will continue to work with Two men are also facing charges in relation to Al - Hasnawi 's shooting. Dale Burningsky King, 19

a man looking at the camera in front of a window: Al-Hasnawi, 19, died in hospital after being shot Dec. 2, 2017, when he tried to stop two men from harassing an older man. © Provided by Toronto Star Newspapers Limited Al-Hasnawi, 19, died in hospital after being shot Dec. 2, 2017, when he tried to stop two men from harassing an older man.

Two paramedics who responded to the shooting of Yosif Al-Hasnawi in December 2017 have been charged with failing to provide the necessities of life, according to the president of the union representing Hamilton and Brant County front-line paramedics.

“It’s a serious development,” Mario Posteraro told the Spectator. “It constitutes an unprecedented legal attack against two career paramedics who continue to be blamed and shamed.”

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2 story: Paramedics at Al - Hasnawi shooting scene face criminal charges . Two paramedics who responded to the shooting of Yosif Al - Hasnawi in December 2017 have been charged He said the Hamilton Police Service handed over part of the process of investigating the case to the Niagara force.

Two Hamilton paramedics have been charged with failing to provide the necessaries of life to a “These precedent-setting criminal charges are game changers for our paramedic profession and we are Al - Hasnawi tried to intervene and was subsequently shot. He was taken to hospital and died a

Posteraro said the charges were laid Wednesday by Niagara Regional Police. He said the Hamilton Police Service handed over part of the process of investigating the case to the Niagara force.

“This (criminal charges) doesn’t happen,” said Posteraro, president of OPSU Local 256. “This hasn’t ever happened to my knowledge in Ontario.

“We’re dealing with inconclusive information and charges that carry five years incarceration maximum sentence. It’s very worrisome.”

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Al-Hasnawi, 19, died in hospital after being shot December 2, 2017, when he tried to stop two men from harassing an older man outside the Main Street East mosque where he had been attending a religious celebration.

According to reports at the time, witnesses said the responding two paramedics, who have not been named, did not act appropriately or take Al-Hasnawi’s injuries seriously enough.

Posteraro said he understands the grief of the family, but “the fault lies at the hands of the murderers,” not the paramedics.

Police could not be reached for comment. The failure to provide the necessities of life charges fall under Section 215, subsection 3, of the Criminal Code of Canada.

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