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Two Prince George RCMP on trial for excessive force

By Mark Nielsen, Prince George Citizen Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

A trial began Thursday for two Prince George RCMP members facing criminal charges from an arrest caught on a security camera that suggested excessive force was used.

Constables Wayne Connell and Kyle Sharpe each face a count of assault causing bodily harm from the takedown in an alleyway off the 2200 block of Oak St. during the early morning of Feb. 18, 2016.

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The Memorial for Jared Lowndes

CKTZ News, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

About a hundred people attended the memorial for Jared Lowndes, who was gunned down by the RCMP outside the Campbell River Tim Hortons’ takeout window on July 8, 2021.  

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Campbell River RCMP may have gunned down an innocent man

CKTZ News, Local Journalism Initiative ReporterThe opinions expressed in this article belong to the people expressing them and are not necessarily shared by CKTZ, its board, staff, volunteers or listeners. 

The Campbell River RCMP may have gunned down an innocent man when they killed Jared Lowndes on July 8, 2021. 

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The shooting of Jared Lowndes

“The First Nations Leadership Council (FNLC) is calling for justice, accountability, an inquest, and a higher level of oversight in the aftermath of the RCMP’s shooting of Jared Lowndes on July 8, 2021. The incident, which saw no attempt at de-escalation from the RCMP, left the 38-year-old father dead, his family seeking answers, and a community divided, as racist, hateful sentiments begin to rise.”

First Nations Leadership Council

CKTZ News, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

There are many questions surrounding the death of Jared Lowndes, a 38-year-old Indigenous man, at the hands of the Campbell River RCMP.

“Our investigation will determine what actually happened. Just because it is on social media doesn’t mean it is, or isn’t, factual. We’ll do our best to determine what happened and if appropriate, before we complete our investigation, we will consider releasing some facts,” said Ron MacDonald, Chief Civilian Director of the Independent Investigations Office (IIO).  

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