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New Brunswick coroner’s inquest begins into 2020 police killing of Rodney Levi

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WATCH: More than one year after a coroner's inquest into the police killing of Rodney Levi was publicly announced, the process started Tuesday morning in Miramichi. The presiding coroner calls it a "fact-finding mission" that could hopefully help avoid similar deaths in the future. As Callum Smith reports, Levi`s family is pleased there's cultural diversity on the jury – Sep 28, 2021

Selection of a coroner’s jury began today for an inquest into the June 2020 police killing of an Indigenous man in New Brunswick.

Rodney Levi was shot dead by RCMP in Sunny Corner, N.B., near the town of Miramichi, after police responded to a complaint about a disturbance in a home.

Read more: As coroner’s inquest set to begin, family concerned Rodney Levi could be ‘voiceless’: lawyer

The officers were cleared of wrongdoing after an investigation concluded Levi had allegedly advanced toward them waiving two large knives.

Police had allegedly tried to subdue Levi three times using an electroshock weapon before they shot him twice.

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Rodney Levi police shooting death inquest to begin – Sep 27, 2021

Read more: Family of New Brunswick man shot dead by police hopes inquest can answer questions

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An autopsy confirmed Levi had amphetamine and methamphetamine in his body at the time of the shooting.

Lawyers for Levi’s family say he was suffering a mental health crisis and question whether police followed proper protocol.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 28, 2021.

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