Call inquests whenever police kill someone through use of force, review urges

A wide-ranging review of police oversight in Ontario says coroner's inquests should be mandatory when officers kill someone by gunning them down or through other use of force.

The review also recommends that the Special Investigations Unit _ one of Ontario's three civilian police-oversight agencies _ report publicly on all its investigations.

That would include providing detailed accounts in those cases where no charges are laid against an officer.

The review recommends legislating when police must call in the unit and an officers' obligations to co-operate with it.

It also wants the agency to be notified any time an officer fires at a person, and to get the power to lay criminal charges on its own.

The measures are among 129 recommendations Appeal Court Justice Michael Tulloch makes in his 263-page report.