An Indigenous man is dead after he was shot by RCMP in North Battleford, Sask.
Brydon Whitstone, 22, of the Onion Lake Cree Nation, died after being shot by RCMP on Saturday.
Police said the incident unfolded just before 9 p.m.
According to CBC News, RCMP reported receiving a call from a man, saying he had been chased and shot at from a vehicle.
“Members located the suspect vehicle and initiated a brief pursuit,” RCMP Chief Supt. Maureen Levy, criminal operations officer for Saskatchewan, told media in Regina on Sunday.
The chase ended shortly after Whitmore allegedly rammed a police cruiser.
In response to the driver’s actions following the pursuit, a RCMP member discharged their firearm.
Whitstone, died as a result of his injuries en route to hospital.
The Regina Police Service will conduct an independent investigation.
Bobby Cameron, chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN), spoke on the Brent Loucks Show on 650 CKOM Monday morning in response to the shooting.
He said he’d been getting calls and messages throughout the weekend, with many questioning the details around the RCMP shooting.
Cameron said the situation furthers the mistrust First Nations people have about the justice system, and noted that there is also a lack of trust in the independent investigation.
He said he was concerned police may have been too quick to use lethal force.
By: RPM Staff