Family of Yukon man who died in RCMP custody call for more oversight

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WHITEHORSE — The family of a Yukon man who died in an RCMP cell is scheduled to be in Ottawa today to call for a civilian oversight agency to watch the Mounties.

Forty-three-year-old Raymond Silverfox died in a police cell in Whitehorse in December 2008, and his family has called for a public inquiry into what happened.

Member’s of Silverfox’s family are expected to appear at a news conference with New Democrat MP’s to push their calls for a civilian agency to investigate the RCMP.

They will also point to the death of Robert Stone, a 34-year-old man who was found dead in a detox centre on May 2, several hours after he was released from RCMP custody.

A coroner’s inquest concluded Silverfox died of natural causes, but his family has asked for a judicial review of those findings and wants a public inquiry into his death.

The RCMP has announced a policy of calling outside police forces to investigate its officers in serious cases, and earlier this year the federal government said it plans to create a new RCMP watchdog, although it’s not clear what it will look like.

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Yukon, WHITEHORSE, Ottawa

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