'There was no justice for him': For Saskatoon man, George Floyd's death stirs up memories of nephew’s fatal shooting
SASKATOON -- This story is part of The Dialogue, a CTV News Saskatoon series where people of colour share their real, raw experiences with racism.
When Senos Timon watched the video of George Floyd struggling to breathe with a police officer’s knee on his neck, he immediately thought of his nephew, Andrew Loku.
Loku, 45, was killed in his apartment by a Toronto police officer in July 2015.
Neighbours called 911 on Loku for being involved in a verbal altercation with other neighbours.
Within about 20 seconds of arriving, Const. Andrew Doyle fired his gun twice, hitting Loku on the left side of the chest.
The father of five, originally from South Sudan suffered from mental illness, an inquest into his death heard.
The officer who fired the shots was not criminally charged.
“There was no justice for him. There was no justice for our family. He was just shot and died, and that was it,” Timon says.
'I don’t want my kids to be next'
Loku’s death sparked a series of Black Lives Matter protests in Toronto.
Five years later, anti-black racism rallies are happening in cities around the world — fuelled by the death of George Floyd, a man killed in Minneapolis during an arrest for allegedly using a counterfeit bill.
The death of George Floyd has hit me so hard, and comes so close to my family,” Timon says, referencing his nephew, Loku.
Timon says the relationship between police and people of colour needs to be “better than what is” to ensure everyone — regardless of skin colour or social status — can feel safe.
He says the first step in making change is having a conversation with government and local leaders.
“I don’t want my kids to live in fear knowing tomorrow they’re going to be next. Even myself, it can happen to me," Timon says.
"That’s why we need to have that conversation, we need to have the discussion — how can we stop this? I believe the opportunity is now.”