MP "Pissed" After 26-Year-Old Indigenous Woman Was Killed During A Police Wellness Check
Chantel Moore was from Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation in B.C.
The victim of a police shooting has been identified. Chantel Moore was killed by police in New Brunswick and an MP is "pissed" and "outraged" by her death. Quebec's independent police watchdog is going to be investigating this incident.
Moore, a 26-year-old indigenous woman from Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation in B.C., has been identified as the victim ofon June 4.
She was shot and killed by a police officer in Edmundston, New Brunswick during a wellness check.
In a press conference on June 5, Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller addressed Moore's death and he didn't mince words.
"I'm pissed. I'm outraged," he said.
With an independent investigation going on, the minister believes that a full accounting of what happened to the 26-year-old needs to be revealed.
"I don't understand how someone dies during a wellness check," Miller said.
When reports about Moore's death first came out, he didn't even believe that it was something that actually happened.
"This is a pattern that keeps repeating itself," he said.
Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council is also calling for immediate action to be taken to get justice for Moore and for answers as to why she was shot and killed.
The 26-year-old was a new resident of Edmundston.
In a Facebook post from June 1, she had said that she went to there in 2019 for six weeks and "now a year later I’m back from B.C. and settled into my nice, new place."
Eight members of Quebec's independent police watchdog group will be investigating the actions of the officer leading up to Moore's death.
They will work to determine whether the information from the police about the incident is correct.
The Edmundston Police Force said in a press release that the officer responding to a request to check on the well-being of someone at an apartment building at around 2:30 a.m. was confronted by a woman holding a knife and making threats.
The officer then discharged a firearm and the woman was pronounced dead at the scene.
Another incident occurred earlier in the week where an Inuk man wasin Nunavut.
A video of the arrest was recorded by a member of the community that shows the vehicle approaching the man, the door opening and then knocking him to the ground.
Miller also commented on that incident.
"A car door is not a proper police tactic. It's a disgraceful, dehumanizing and violent act," he said.
According to the CBC, the man was arrested and put in a cell where he was then assaulted by another arrested individual.
Justin Trudeau also addressed these incidents of violence on indigenous people during a press conference and noted that they need to be investigated properly.
"We also need a larger reflection on changing the systems that do not do right by too many Indigenous people and racialized Canadians," he said.
Trudeau stressed that a change needs to be made and it has to start today.