Canada Mass Stabbing: Second Suspect Dies in Police Custody

Photo: AP [via CNN]

The Facts

  • On Wed., three days after a mass stabbing that killed 10 and injured 18 in Saskatchewan, Canada, suspect Myles Sanders died in police custody, experiencing "medical distress" following his arrest, according to authorities.

  • Previously, his brother Damien Sanderson, who was also a suspect, was found dead on Monday. Police are investigating whether Myles had a hand in Damien's death.

The Spin

Narrative A

Canada may not match other countries in terms of the total number of mass killings, but across the country, there has been an increase in these tragedies in recent years, including a van driver killing 11 pedestrians in Toronto in 2018, and a man posing as a police officer shooting and killing 22 people in Nova Scotia in 2020. This is a concerning upward trend.

Narrative B

The motive may not yet be established, but for too long, Indigenous communities have been ignored. Indigenous people suffer higher levels of poverty and unemployment and have a lower life expectancy than other Canadians. Now we see the consequences of the community's drug epidemic and the disinterest of law enforcement. Incidents like this highlight the importance of leaders listening to community needs.

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