Investigations of police shootings causing Indigenous deaths lack validity
Investigations of police shootings causing Indigenous deaths lack validity

 By Shari Narine  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The report has yet to be released but the findings are in: The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) in British Columbia has cleared RCMP officers in the shooting death of Julian Jones, 28, of Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation. Judith Sayers, director of the BC First Nations Justice Council and president of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council (NTC), has little confidence in the findings. “For me it’s endless. It just always feels that we never ever find a police that’s been guilty of shooting our people,” she said. According to an IIO statement, Jones was fatally shot during an incident that occurred on Feb. 27, 2021. Tofino RCMP officers responded to a report of a woman being held against her will at a residence in Opitsaht, a

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