2nd review supports Dumas shooting investigation
A second report into the shooting death of Matthew Dumas has confirmed the findings of an earlier probe, concluding the Winnipeg police investigation of the shooting was handled properly.
The Ontario Crown Attorney's office, which reviewed the case at Manitoba's request, released a report on Thursday thatsaid the Calgary Police Service's investigation was accurate.
TheCalgary policereview, released in August 2006, concluded that the Winnipeg police's internal investigation of the shooting was open, transparent and thorough.
Dumas, 18, was shot and killed by a Winnipeg police officer on Jan. 31, 2005, in the city's North End. Police said Dumas, who they believed was a robbery suspect, confronted an officer with a weapon later determined to be a screwdriver.
At the time, some native leaders suggested police may havetargeted the teen because he was aboriginal — even though the officer involved was Métis.
An internal review of the shooting cleared the officer of any wrongdoing.
In May 2005,Winnipeg policeresponded to native groups concerned about the force's ability to investigate one of its own by asking the Calgary force to review the investigation.
Even after the Ontario report, Dumas' sister Jessica Paul is not satisfied. She says it's just the same eyes looking at the case and told the CBC she believes the report is biased.
Paul said she is relieved the shooting will now be examined by a public inquest, a step required by law.
In January, the family of Matthew Dumas filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the Winnipeg Police Service and the City of Winnipeg, seeking $120,000 and other damages such as funeral expenses.