A five-member coroner’s jury is starting to listen to proof immediately at an inquest into the police killing final yr of an Indigenous man in New Brunswick.
Rodney Levi, who was from the Metepenagiag First Nation, was shot lifeless by the RCMP on the night of June 12, 2020 after police responded to a criticism a few disturbance in a house in Sunny Nook, N.B.
The capturing was investigated by Quebec’s police watchdog, the Bureau des enquetes independantes, which submitted a report back to New Brunswick prosecutors in December.
An announcement on the time from the provincial prosecutions service stated it was clear the officers on the scene believed Levi was utilizing power in opposition to them, and he was shot to guard themselves and civilians who had been current.
Police had allegedly tried to subdue Levi 3 times utilizing an electroshock weapon earlier than they shot him twice. An post-mortem confirmed Levi had amphetamine and methamphetamine in his physique on the time of the capturing.
Coroner John Evans stated Tuesday he expects to listen to from about 27 witnesses between now and Thursday of subsequent week.
“It’s a fact-finding mission … so the general public will know what precisely occurred,” he instructed reporters. “You’re going to hear from the individuals who had been current when this occasion occurred, which embody some members of the RCMP. You’re additionally going to listen to from the pathologist and toxicologist and so forth.”
He stated the inquest would additionally hear proof regarding the situation of coaching and the disaster intervention mannequin utilized by the RCMP.
Rodney Levi’s household say their combat to get solutions not over
Of the two-man three-woman jury, Evans stated two members are Indigenous and one other is married into an Indigenous household. “Having a jury with gender steadiness and cultural steadiness I believe goes to be very, very useful,” he stated.
Levi’s sister, Rhoda Levi, stated she was happy with the jury choice.
A coroner’s inquest doesn’t assign blame however does produce suggestions meant to assist stop a demise beneath comparable circumstances sooner or later. Levi stated she hopes the federal government will act on the suggestions.
“I hope that the federal government does all the pieces it will probably to implement in order that nobody else is shot and killed by the RCMP,” she stated.
Levi’s killing got here days after an Edmundston, N.B., police officer shot and killed Chantel Moore, a 26-year-old Indigenous girl, throughout a wellness examine. The 2 killings sparked anger within the province’s Indigenous group.
This report by The Canadian Press was first printed Sept. 29, 2021.
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