Michel Vienneau's friends demand a trial for killing in 2015
Judge decided Crown didn't present enough evidence to try two Bathurst police officers on manslaughter charges
Friends of Michel Vienneau, the Tracadie man killed by Bathurst police in January 2015, are circulating a petition demanding that New Brunswick's attorney general order that the officers responsible stand trial.
"For the friends of Michel Vienneau following the preliminary hearing, it was a disaster because there was no way we could see the truth in what happened," said Camille McLaughlin, a friend of Vienneau who is launching the petition.
They killed an innocent person who now has been cleared of any illegal act.- Camille McLaughlin, friend of Michel Vienneau
"Why did they kill him instead of just check him? For drug or anything. They killed an innocent person who now has been cleared of any illegal act."
Nova Scotia RCMP completed an investigation into the shooting and revealed in November 2015 they were unable to find any evidence of criminal activity by Vienneau leading up to his death.
Brother wants name of tipster
Vienneau's friends and his brother, Nicolas Vienneau, also take issue with the Crime Stoppers tip that led to the investigation into Vienneau.
The tipster told police the make, model, and year of the car registered to Vienneau and described the appearance of the couple. The tipster also told police Vienneau and Basque were drinking, and were carrying a load of pills from Montreal to Bathurst.
Nicolas Vienneau told Radio-Canada he supports the petition and is still pushing for Crime Stoppers to release the identity of the anonymous tipster.
"For us it's important thing that a lot of people agree with us that this has to go on," she said.
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"We're still on it. Michel is not here with us but somebody has to do the work."
Nikki Vienneau said her grandparents — Vienneau's parents — are ill and the death and court proceedings have been hard for them.
With files from Karine Godin