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Nova Scotia police watchdog investigating info in Clayton Miller’s death

Nova Scotia's police watchdog has been called in to investigate after the pedestrian was hit on Saturday while officers were responding to a call about an injured child.
Nova Scotia's police watchdog has been called in to investigate after the pedestrian was hit on Saturday while officers were responding to a call about an injured child. File/ Global News

HALIFAX – The Serious Incident Response Team in Nova Scotia is investigating the accuracy of information it received that alleges a current member of the Cape Breton police may have undisclosed information on the death of Clayton Miller.

Miller’s 17-year-old body was found in a stream in 1990 after police raided a bush party.

Doctors came to differing conclusions about the cause of his death and an inquest and RCMP investigation both cleared the New Waterford police department of any wrongdoing.

But his family have raised questions about the circumstances surrounding his death, saying they believe there is more to be known that has not been publicly released.

The Serious Incident Response Team says it received information in October and its investigation is ongoing.

Director Ron MacDonald says the police watchdog did not notify the public previously in order to protect the integrity of specific investigative steps.

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He says if accurate, the information may be considered evidence of obstruction of justice.

The Serious Incident Response Team’s mandate is limited to consider incidents after April 2012, and MacDonald says their investigation is restricted to possible current offences.

MacDonald says he will meet with Miller’s family in the near future.

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