A jury in New Brunswick, which investigated the police shooting of death against Rodney Levi in 2020, has ruled his death a homicide.
The 48-year-old man from Metepenagiag First Nation was shot dead by the RCMP in Sunny Corner, NB, on June 12, 2020, after officers responded to a complaint about a man with knives in a home.
The five-member jury released a long list of recommendations Friday, including reintroducing the program for native band constables and locating detox centers in First Nations communities.
The NB judge’s jury will for the second day consider killing Rodney Levi
Jury members recommend that RCMP officers are not first aiders under wellness control, but should be on standby.
The jury also calls for greater suicide intervention training for the RCMP and for the acceleration of programs across the country to equip officers with body cameras.
The shooting was investigated by the Quebec Police Department, Bureau des enquetes Independantes, and prosecutors in New Brunswick determined that officers on the spot believed Levi was using force against them and were entitled to kill him.
Doctors John Evans told the jury on Thursday that they had to decide whether Levi’s death was a homicide, a suicide or whether none of them could be decided.
The jury heard from 27 people over five days of testimony.
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