Saturday, October 22, 2016
Remembering Hudson Brooks
CBC is reporting that "The province's police watchdog has completed its report into the death of Hudson Brooks, 20, who was shot and killed by police outside the south Surrey RCMP detachment last year. The Independent Investigations Office will now send its report to the Crown office for consideration of charges. That only happens when the IIO determines an officer may have committed a crime."
In August of this year CBC reported that A member of the Independent Investigations Office visited the family of Hudson Brooks on Wednesday to provide them with more information about the case. Brooks's mother, Jennifer, says the IIO told her that her son appeared to be in distress in the early morning hours of July 18, 2015. She says she was told Brooks was walking in the middle of 152nd Street near 18th Avenue wearing only a pair of shorts and flip flops. "I guess he was causing a bit of a ruckus, so they called the police," Jennifer Brooks said. "The police officer called for backup. Backup came. Hudson started pounding on the second police car, pounding on the window and asking for help."
This confirms our initial report at the time when local witnesses claimed Hudson was unarmed running for his life from a mob at the same park that another skateboarder named Dario Bartoli was assaulted and murdered. Hudson was frantic running to the police for help and the police shot him dead. This new report has not disclosed how a police officer was shot when Hudson was unarmed running to the police for help but it has refered the case to the crown to consider if criminal charges should be laid agaist the officers involved.
At the time we reported how one witness claimed a rookie cop ordered Hudson to stop when he was running for his life. Since Hudson was frantic and failed to obey her direct command she drew her gun and shot themself in the leg. Then the officer frantically radioed for help saying officer down I've been shot. That is when other officers arrived on the scene and shot Hudson dead. It was a tragic mistake by a rookie cop. The truth needs to be told. Peace.