RCMP responds to inquest findings

From battlefordsNOW
December 7, 2018 - 4:47pm

Saskatchewan RCMP have released a statement following the conclusion of a coroners inquest into the death of Brydon Whitstone.

In the media release RCMP said they would like to offer their condolences to the family of Brydon Whitstone.

"It is truly unfortunate that the sequence of events that occurred on October 21, 2017 ultimately resulted in Mr. Whitstone's death," the release stated.

"As the provincial police service in Saskatchewan, we are accountable to the people we serve. Public trust is critical as we work to keep our communities safe. Transparency for public organizations like ours is critical. This is why the processes that have looked into what took place the evening Mr. Whitstone died are so important," the statement said. 

Today saw the conclusion of the Coroner’s Inquest into the death of Brydon Whitstone, when the jury provided their recommendation to the Chief Coroner.

Following its sequester, the inquest jury was unable to determine the cause of the man's death. To the RCMP, jurors recommended a different method of immobilizing a person, such as a Taser, rather than use of a firearm.

The Saskatchewan RCMP thanked the jurors for contributing their time and for their recommendation.

"It is not easy to participate in processes like this and their work plays a critical role in ensuring transparency and accountability in incidents where someone has lost their life," the statement read.

The RCMP will examine the recommendation coming out of the coroner’’s Inquest and provide a response to the chief coroner.

"Our written response to the recommendation will then become part of the public record available on the Saskatchewan Coroner’s Service website," the statement said. "It is important to remember that no matter what the investigations into this incident have determined a young man lost his life. His family and friends are grieving his loss. The Saskatchewan RCMP offers condolences to the family of Brydon Whitstone."


UPDATE: Jury inquest makes decision

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