The life and death of Jonathan Johnston

The Dialog News, September 18, 2017

While Jennifer Johnston believes that views are starting to change on drug use, she was troubled by the response of doctors to Jonathan when he tried to get help. When he died, Jennifer said she felt that the police “devalued” her son.

According to her, the police declared Jonathan a John Doe even though he had his health card with him. The police also had Jonathan’s body for two days without alerting the family, Jennifer said.

A spokesperson from the Toronto Police Service declined to comment on Jonathan’s death because it’s not a criminal matter.

“I called them out, I said ‘why was he declared a Jon Doe?’ ” Jennifer said. “I mean if he died in a car accident and you had his health card, I guarantee that you would have found us within a few hours.”

The life and death of Jonathan Johnston