Winnipeg lawyer requires adjustments to Police Act following Eishia Hudson investigation – Winnipeg

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Winnipeg lawyer calls for changes to Police Act following Eishia Hudson investigation - Winnipeg

The official involved in the deadly shooting at Eishia Hudson will not be charged after an investigation by Manitoba’s police guards.

However, the officer who fired the fatal shot was never interviewed by the Manitoba Independent Investigation Unit (IIU) and cannot be coerced.

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A lawyer in Winnipeg would like to see this change.

“This was not a transparent process,” Attorney Corey Shefman told Global News.

“The whole process is opaque.”



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Hudson, a 16-year-old indigenous girl, was killed last April by an unnamed Winnipeg police officer after a chase in a stolen jeep following an alleged robbery in a liquor store.

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At the time, Winnipeg police said Hudson was driving the SUV, which ran into a police cruiser and a number of other cars near Lagimodiere Boulevard and Fermor Avenue.

A month-long investigation found that no criminal charges are recommended against the officer.

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But Shefman said the investigation process was flawed.

“Why aren’t cops held to such a high standard, let alone a higher standard than the rest of us,” he said.

Dozens of interviews with witnesses and officials can be conducted during an IIU investigation. However, there are two differences with the police.


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Witness officers must flip their notes and be interviewed by the IIU, but subject officers – in this case, the one who shot Hudson – do not.

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“He doesn’t have to turn anything,” said defender Hymie Weinstein. “He doesn’t have to turn any notes and certainly doesn’t have to worry about an interview.”

According to the IIU, an official who is the focus of an investigation and therefore at potential criminal risk has the same rights as any citizen under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to Protect Against Self-Blame.

It is similar to how a defendant is not required to testify in his own trial.

Christie Zebrasky, whose daughter Eishia Hudson was shot dead by police on April 8, 2020, holds a photo of her daughter.

Christie Zebrasky, whose daughter Eishia Hudson was shot dead by police on April 8, 2020, holds a photo of her daughter.

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Weinstein frequently represents civil servants in these cases and has said in his experience that the specialist officers always turn their notes over but feel that an interview is not necessary.

“The reason is that they say to me, ‘Mr. Weinstein, you have it all. My notes, my story, reports of violence … I haven’t hidden anything. I feel like I don’t have to attend an interview because they have everything. ‘“

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However, Shefman said anyone involved in a similar incident should be forced to undergo an interview, especially the police.

“The police have a special place in society,” he said. “They’re given tools that the rest of us don’t have, they’re given permissions the rest of us don’t, and with those extra privileges must come responsibilities.”

While the IIU investigation is complete and the use of lethal force has been found appropriate, some changes can still be made.

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A mandatory investigation is being conducted aimed at detailing the circumstances surrounding the death of Hudson, led by a team of civilians.

“They don’t have authority to order changes, but they do make recommendations,” Shefman said. “These recommendations are powerful. They can lead to really big changes. “

However, it is up to the government to implement or not to implement some or all of the recommendations arising from an investigation.

During an investigation, the officer who fired the fatal shot may be summoned and forced to show up and testify.

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