The Civilian Review and Complaints Commission (CRCC) for the RCMP has launched an investigation into the police force's handling of the shooting of Colten Boushie.
Boushie, 22, was shot and killed on a farm near Biggar, Sask. by landowner Gerald Stanley. Stanley was charged with second-degree murder, but was found not guilty by a Queen's Bench jury last month in Battleford. The police investigation, trial and verdict were highly controversial, and received national and international attention in the media.
The RCMP watchdog organization announced their investigation today, saying they will examine the RCMP’s investigation of the 2016 shooting as well as the federal police force’s disposition of a complaint filed by Boushie’s family.
“It has become apparent that additional matters related to the conduct of RCMP members involved need to be examined,” Guy Bujold, acting CRCC chair, said in a statement. “I am satisfied that it is in the public interest to launch an independent investigation into this matter.”
According to the CRCC, the investigation will look into the conduct of the members involved and assess whether their actions conformed to RCMP policy. The investigation will publish any findings and make recommendations on any deficiencies identified in member conduct and in police policies, procedures, training and guidelines.
The CRCC is separate and independent from the RCMP, and has authority to initiate and investigate complaints against the federal police force.
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