Coroner's jury recommends independent review of police use-of-force policy

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A coroner's jury is recommending that an independent group review the use-of-force policy that guides New Brunswick police.

The three-woman, two-man jury was tasked with examining the death of Chantel Moore, a 26-year-old Indigenous woman shot dead by a police officer in northern New Brunswick in 2020 during a wellness check.

The inquest has heard that Moore pointed a knife at an officer and advanced toward him before he shot her four times.

Jurors are also recommending that police officers be tested on their comprehension of current police policies and that police build better relationships with First Nation communities.

Coroner Emily Caissy says she will forward the recommendations to various agencies, which have six months to respond.

Moore's mother, Martha Martin, says too many people have been killed by police in Canada and it's time recommendations were turned into action.