The Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP, a federal agency charged with examining complaints about the RCMP will be launching an investigation into the way Mounties handled the investigation into the shooting death of Colton Boushie.
The Commission will look into the investigation of the death, media releases related to the case, a search of the home of Boushie’s mother and the way Boushie’s family was notified of the death.
The commission will review the RCMP’s dismissal of the Boushie family’s initial public complaint. It will also examine how the RCMP conducted the investigation and the events that followed Boushie’s death, including the way his next of kin was notified, the search of his mother’s home and information released by police to the media.
“I am satisfied that it is in the public interest to launch an independent investigation into this matter,” said the commission’s acting chairman, Guy Bujold, in a news release.
He said an investigator will be hired in the coming months. They will then be able to interview police, witnesses and Boushie’s family.
In a statement, the RCMP said they will co-operate fully with the independent investigation.