The uncle of an Indigenous man shot dead by police in New Brunswick in 2020 told a coroner’s inquest Wednesday his nephew would be alive today had a former community policing model not been disbanded.
Funding for the program that involved band officers and RCMP members was cancelled about eight years ago, Ken Levi told a five-member coroner’s jury investigating the death of Rodney Levi. He said he’s 100 per cent convinced community officers would have been able to diffuse the situation.
“We would already know it was Rodney,” Ken Levi told reporters outside the hearing Wednesday. “We would have called family. We would have responded and I’m pretty sure he would have come.”
The man from the Metepenagiag First Nation was shot dead by the RCMP on the evening of June 12, 2020, after police responded to a complaint about a disturbance in a home in nearby Sunny Corner, N.B.