New Brunswick coroner’s jury says 2020 police killing of Rodney Levi was a homicide

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A coroner’s jury in New Brunswick investigating the deadly 2020 police shooting of Rodney Levy has ruled his death a homicide.

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A 48-year-old man from the Metepanagiag First Nation was shot and killed by the RCMP in Sunny Corner, NB on June 12, 2020, after officers responded to a complaint by a man holding a knife at a home.

A five-member jury issued a long list of recommendations on Friday, including reinstating the Indigenous Band Constable program and locating detox centers in First Nations communities.

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The jury members are recommending that RCMP officers should not be first responders during the wellness check, but be on standby.

The jury is also calling for greater suicide intervention training for the RCMP and to accelerate programs nationwide to equip officers with body cameras.

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The shooting was investigated by the Quebec police watchdog, the Bureau des Enquets Indépendants, and New Brunswick prosecutors determined officers that Levy was using force against him and was justified in killing him.

Coroner John Evans told the jury on Thursday that they had to decide whether Levy’s death was a homicide, a suicide or either of which could not be determined.

The jury heard from 27 people over five days of testimony.

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