CRCC Chairperson initiates complaint and public interest investigation into the RCMP's investigation of the death of Mr. Colten Boushie

Ottawa - 2018-03-06

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The Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP (CRCC) has initiated a complaint and a public interest investigation into the RCMP's investigation of the death of Mr. Colten Boushie and the events that followed.

Furthermore, at the request of the Boushie family, the CRCC is conducting a review and further investigation into the RCMP's disposition of their initial public complaint filed following the death of Colten Boushie.

"In the course of our review and our ongoing monitoring of events related to this tragic incident, it has become apparent that additional matters related to the conduct of RCMP members involved need to be examined. As such, I am satisfied that it is in the public interest to launch an independent investigation into this matter," said Guy Bujold, the Acting Chairperson.

The complaint and public interest investigation terms of reference are available here.

The CRCC will independently investigate the conduct of the members involved in this matter and whether their actions followed RCMP policy, practice and training. The CRCC will make findings and recommendations to address any deficiencies in member conduct as well as RCMP policies, procedures, training and guidelines.

The CRCC is distinct and independent from the RCMP and has jurisdiction over complaints regarding all members of the RCMP. In addition, the CRCC Chairperson may initiate a complaint in relation to the conduct of RCMP members if he is satisfied that there are reasonable grounds to so do. As is the case in this instance, the CRCC has the authority to investigate a complaint if the Chairperson is of the opinion that it would be in the public interest for the Commission to do so.

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