Coroner’s jury hears evidence in inquest into police shooting of Indigenous N.B. man

A five-member coroner’s jury is starting to listen to proof at this time 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 grievance a couple of 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.

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An announcement on the time from the provincial prosecutions service stated it was clear the officers on the scene believed Levi was utilizing power towards them, and he was shot to guard themselves and civilians who had been current.

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Police had allegedly tried to subdue Levi thrice 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.

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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 public will know what exactly happened,” he informed reporters. “You are going to hear from the people who were present when this event happened, which include some members of the RCMP. You’re also going to hear from the pathologist and toxicologist and so on.”

He stated the inquest would additionally hear proof regarding the concern of coaching and the disaster intervention mannequin utilized by the RCMP.

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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 balance and cultural balance I think is going to be very, very helpful,” he stated.

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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 forestall a demise underneath related circumstances sooner or later. Levi stated she hopes the federal government will act on the suggestions.

“I hope that the government does everything it can to implement so that no one 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 lady, throughout a wellness examine. The 2 killings sparked anger within the province’s Indigenous neighborhood.

This report by The Canadian Press was first printed Sept. 29, 2021.

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