Terrace, B.C. (Global News) – A coroner’s jury has put forward 13 recommendations after reviewing the death of Rodney Jackson, the man shot by an RCMP emergency response team.
Jackson was killed while Mounties were trying to arrest him at a hunting camp outside Hazelton, B.C. two years ago.
After hearing five days of testimony, the jurors released their findings late Friday.
One of the recommendations suggests that B.C. ambulance review its policies to ensure an air ambulance is available in a timely manner to support police action where the possibility of danger exists.
They also suggest crown counsel establish a protocol to collect statements from every member of an ERT involved in an incident that results in death, and that such statements cannot be used against a member at trial.
The jury recommends that once an investigation into a police involved death is completed, it should be reviewed by an independent body.
“Some other recommendations perhaps will need to be reviewed a bit further because they perhaps have national or provincial ramifications and involvement,” said North District RCMP Superintendent Rod Booth.
He said they will be reviewing the practicality and feasibility of the implementation of the recommendations made.