WINNIPEG – An inquest into the shooting death of an indigenous man in Winnipeg will start months later than planned, after a witness changed their story.
It’s been eight years since Craig McDougall was shot and killed by police in the West End. The inquest was finally supposed to start last week before it was revealed that a witness was changing their testimony at the last minute.
Lawyers suggested that could lead to a need to call even more witnsses, and may require further investigation into police conduct the night McDougall died.
Now the inquest won’t get started until November.
The officers involved were never charged and police have maintained McDougall wouldn’t drop a knife he was holding. His family has denied that.
Part of the inquest is slated to study potential “systemic racism” in our justice system.