On February 27, 2021, Tofino, Canada, police officers shot and killed a 28-year-old Indigenous man Julian Jones.
According to police, officers were responding a call about a woman who was held in a house against her will. At the scene officers shot Jones and arrested another man. Officers found the woman and took her to a hospital. Police said they are investigating allegations that the woman was being held in that house against her will.
In May 2021, the indigenous community called for a public inquiry into Jones’ death because they do not trust the police. Representatives of the indigenous community said that the death of Jones, who was well-known in the community, shocked everyone.
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“We are fed up with the police investigating the police. We just don’t trust investigations,” said Hugh Braker, President of the Native Courtworker and Counseling Association of British Columbia.
“We want to make an investigation as effective as possible and we also want to do it in a way that builds trust in the community,” said Chief Civilian Director of IIO Ronald MacDonald.
The initiative group has requested the clarification from Attorney General of Canada David T. Lametti and Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau. The initiative group believes it is important to fight against police brutality and, if necessary, will provide legal and financial assistance to the family of the victim.