Justice for Brandon Majewski: Demand an independent review of the police investigation.
  • Petitioned Madeleine Meilleur, Attorney General for Ontario

This petition was delivered to:

Madeleine Meilleur, Attorney General for Ontario
MPP, York-Simcoe
Julia Munro
Commissioner, Ontario Provincial Police
Vince Hawkes

Justice for Brandon Majewski: Demand an independent review of the police investigation.

    1. Larry Hurd
    2. Petition by

      Larry Hurd

      Barrie, Canada

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May 2014

Victory

I'm sure many of you will have heard the good news that thanks to our efforts the Toronto Police Service will be conducting the 3rd party review of the investigation into the tragic death of Brandon Majewski. We're pleased the review is happening, and have every expectation that it will be conducted transparently and that the truth will be uncovered. In the update section below you'll find a list of questions we consider unanswered that we hope will be addressed in the Toronto Police review.

On October 28, 2012, 17 year old Brandon Majewski and two friends were riding their bikes home along Innisfil Beach Road in Innisfil, Ontario after grabbing a late-night bite to eat. According to news reports they were struck from behind by an SUV driven by a woman named Sharlene Simon, the wife of a police officer. 

Brandon was thrown over the roof of the car and was barely alive when paramedics arrived. He was pronounced dead 2 hours later at the Royal Victoria Health Centre in Barrie.  His family and friends were devastated.  Sharlene Simon wasn't given a breathalyzer.  She wasn't thoroughly questioned.  She and her husband, a police officer were allowed to leave the scene while other witnesses were asked to stay for several hours.  Many of us are asking if the police mishandled the investigation, and why they didn't ask all the questions that should have been asked.

Last week, the wounds were ripped open all over again.  Sharlene Simon, the woman who hit Brandon, is now suing Brandon's estate -- she's suing a dead boy for 1.35 million -- for her pain and suffering.  According to Simon's statement of claim, her "enjoyment of life has been and will be lessened," and she "has sustained and will sustain great pain and suffering."  She even seems to blame Brandon and his friends in her statement of claim, which states that "they were incompetent bicyclists."

Brandon's family is in shock - it’s outrageous that they would have to defend their deceased son against accusations of negligence from the very woman who ran him over.

From the outset, there have been questions about what exactly happened that night and about the police work that followed.  And now she's suing Brandon.  This is a cruel twist to an already tragic story, and it shows how important it is that the whole truth about that night come to light.  That’s why thousands of us are demanding an independent review by an outside force into the police investigation of Brandon's death.  This must be conducted by an outside force like the Ontario Provincial Police that does not have close ties to the Simcoe Police.  We hope this will give the family closure and may put the lawsuit against Brandon to rest.

There are so many unanswered questions that the media and witnesses have brought up:

- Why was a breathalyzer from an 'approved device' not administered at the scene of the crime?

- Why was Sharlene's car computer (which would have recorded speed) not taken in for analysis?

-Why was her husband following her in his car?

- Why was it not disclosed where they were coming from?

- Why was her phone not confiscated?

- Why were the Simons' allowed to leave the scene of the accident while other witnesses had to stay for hours?

According to a Toronto Sun interview Melanie Lachance came upon the scene and spotted Brandon, “He was right in the line of oncoming traffic … I held his hand, but there was nothing I could do,” Lachance said. “He took some gasping breaths. It hits you even harder later on.”

What continues to trouble Lachance is why she and other witnesses were forced to remain at the scene for hours, until 5:30 a.m., as police conducted their investigation, while the driver of the vehicle and her husband were allowed to go home

I didn't know Brandon or his family personally, but I've lived in and operated my business in the Innisfil and Barrie area for years and I'm one of thousands of community members demanding answers. Because of the lawsuit, Brandon's family is unable to speak out, but we can. Please help us find the truth for Brandon and his family by signing this petition and calling for an independent review of the police investigation about what happened that night.

To:
Madeleine Meilleur, Attorney General for Ontario
Julia Munro, MPP, York-Simcoe
Vince Hawkes, Commissioner, Ontario Provincial Police
There are many unanswered questions surrounding the tragic death of Brandon Majewski on October 28, 2012 and the police investigation that followed. We are asking for an independent review of the police investigation conducted by a police force without close ties to the Simcoe police so that the truth can come out.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    1. Justice for Brandon and questions we hope the Toronto Police will address

      Larry Hurd
      Petition Organizer

      Dear supporters of Brandon,

      I'm sure many of you will have heard the good news that thanks to our efforts the Toronto Police will be conducting the 3rd party review of the investigation into the tragic death of Brandon Majewski. We're pleased the review is happening, and have every expectation it will be conducted transparently and that the truth will be uncovered.

      Since that night in October 2012 there have been questions about what exactly happened, and about the police work that followed. It's all the more important that this investigation bring out the truth so the Majewski family can defend itself against the $1.35 million countersuit brought by the driver Sharlene Simon against Brandon's estate for her pain and suffering for having hit him.

      Below are a few examples of outstanding questions that we believe the Toronto Police review should address. Even if some of the following actions are acceptable according to police protocol, they are nonetheless concerning and raise many questions that the public has the right to expect answers to.

      Please help us make sure the Toronto Police are aware that we are seeking answers to the questions below by sharing this petition update and unanswered questions on their Facebook page with a message of your own: https://www.facebook.com/TorontoPolice You can leave a message in the comment section of their posts, but be sure to choose an appropriate post!

      As well, please join and LIKE the "Justice For Brandon Majewski" Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/justiceforbrandonmajewski where we'll be posting updates on Sharlene Simon's lawsuit against Brandon, his two friends who were with him that night and the county of Simcoe.

      Unanswered Questions:

      · Why were Sharlene and Jules Simon allowed to leave the scene shortly after the accident while other witnesses were required to stay? Witness Melanie Lachance and the two other cyclists Jamie Cannon and Jake Roberts and Jake's mother Cindy Roberts were required to remain at the scene until after 5am, while Sharlene who was driving the car that hit Brandon was allowed to leave soon after EMS arrived.

      · Why were Sharlene Simon's cell-phone records not requested? She admitted to police that she was distracted because she was adjusting her seat warmer. When an accident results in a fatality and the driver admits they were distracted it seems natural that cell phone records of the driver would be examined to check if that could have been a possible distraction as well at the time of the accident.

      · Why were witnesses Melanie Lachance and Jamie Cannon's statements not included in the police report? The statements from Melanie Lachance and Jamie Cannon contradict what was included in the police report. For example, they say that at the time of the accident the road was dry and the moon was bright. It would appear that these two witnesses should be re-interviewed and their claims should be looked into.

      · Was Jules Simon required to give a statement? If so, where is it and why was it not included in the police report? Melanie Lachance who was driving the 3rd car was questioned. Jules was driving the car immediately behind Sharlene's. It seems natural that he would be questioned as well.

      · Why did Jules Simon, an off-duty York Regional Police Officer on scene, not offer to assist the injured boys?
      According to the Highway Traffic Act: 200. (1) Where an accident occurs on a highway, every person in charge of a vehicle or street car that is directly or indirectly involved in the accident shall,
      (a) remain at or immediately return to the scene of the accident;
      (b) render all possible assistance; and
      (c) upon request, give in writing to anyone sustaining loss or injury or to any police officer or to any witness his or her name, address, driver's licence number and jurisdiction of issuance, motor vehicle liability insurance policy insurer and policy number, name and address of the registered owner of the vehicle and the vehicle permit number. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 200 (1); 1997, c. 12, s 16.

      Toronto Police Service

      Toronto Police Service, Toronto, ON. 18,195 likes · 640 talking about this · 806 were here. Toronto Police Service Official *EMERGENCY CALL 911...

    2. Reached 15,000 signatures
    3. South Simcoe Police Announce They Will Bring In Outside Investigators

      Larry Hurd
      Petition Organizer

      https://www.facebook.com/SouthSimcoePolice

      We are cautiously optimistic after reading the media release put out by the South Simcoe Police earlier today. You can read the media release by clicking on "South Simcoe Police" below. The only missing piece in this release is who the outside investigating force will be. We hope that it will be announced quickly and that it will be a force far removed from South Simcoe.

      South Simcoe Police

      South Simcoe Police, Innisfil, Ontario. 1,456 likes · 270 talking about this · 7 were here. This account is not monitored 24/7. If you have an emergency please call 9-1-1. The South Simcoe Police Service serves the Town of Innisfil and the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury.

    4. Rally In Support of the Majewski Family Sunday May 4

      Larry Hurd
      Petition Organizer

      You can show your support for the Majewski family by coming to the rally on Sunday May 4 at 1:30 pm at the Innisfil Recreation Centre Parking area off of Innisfil Beach Rd. just east of Yonge. Link to "Justice For Brandon" Facebook page below.
      https://www.facebook.com/events/698760016850108/

    5. Reached 10,000 signatures

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    • libby washington AURORA, CANADA
      • 4 months ago

      this is my boy friend best friend and its sad to see him in pain everyday or when some one says his name and how he remember everything that happened. i hate seeing him and his friends in that much pain.

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    • brian edgington REGINA, SK, CANADA
      • 4 months ago

      ...police throughout Canada continually over-step their boundaries...police think they are "above the law", and can pick and choose the justice they please...a sorry commentary on the Canadian justice system...

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    • Rob Goudie BRAMPTON, CANADA
      • 4 months ago

      Police officers and their family members are not above the law in such cases they should be treated like any other member of the public when involved in such a horrible accident

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    • Nelson MacDonald CALGARY, CANADA
      • 4 months ago

      this woman needs to be punished

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    • Stewart Ludwig BEVERLY HILLS, CA
      • 4 months ago

      This disgusting Sharlene Simon should be hung untill dead in a public execution. Killing someone is not enough apparently. Her husband ( a police officer) should also be removed from the force as a co-defendant.

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