Anti-racism Rally Held after a Black Man was Shot in the Back with Nail Gun



'We're tired. Our youth are tired. And we're done watching us die,' says organizer

People gathered in New Glasgow, N.S., on Monday to rally in support of a 21-year-old man who was shot in the back with a nail gun on the job, in what he alleges was the culmination of racism and bullying by a colleague. 

Nhlanhla Dlamini said a co-worker intentionally shot him with a 3 ½-inch framing nail that punctured his lung, after weeks of racist name calling and harassment from the man.

Last week, the RCMP charged Shawn Wade Hynes, 43, with criminal negligence causing bodily harm and released him on conditions to have no contact with the victim.

Angee Bowden said she organized the protest after she saw people across Canada demanding justice for Dlamini.

"We're tired. Our youth are tired. And we're done watching us die," said Bowden.

Craig Clarke, a lawyer for Dlamini's employer, P.Q. Properties Ltd., owned by property developer Paul Quinn, has vigorously maintained the Sept. 19 nail gun shooting was an accident, dismissing the police investigation as "ridiculous."

In a Sept. 23 interview, four days after the incident, Clarke disputed that Dlamini was seriously injured.

"My understanding is that it was literally — even after she took him to the hospital that night — that it was literally treated with a Band-Aid," said Clarke. 

with information from CBC