The sister of a Prince George man shot to death by RCMP two years ago wants to know why it’s taken so long for an independent review to be launched.
Tracey Matters says she’s been calling for an independent probe of the Independent Investigations Office’s report ever since after a coroner’s inquest into Greg Matters’ death revealed discrepancies in what actually happened the day her brother died.
“The web of bureaucracy has been infinite, it’s been ridiculous how intertwined government bodies are, and the lack of information, and the lack of support for families in these circumstances is unbelievable and inconceivable, it’s just awful.”
Matters says she’s glad the IIO, which is the civilian-led body that looks into incidents of death or serious harm involving police, has finally appointed a civilian monitor, Vancouver lawyer Mark Jette, to review its findings that, once again, cleared officers of any wrongdoing.
Matters, 40, had been living with his mother while being treated for post-traumatic stress disorder.
Police were called to the home in September 2012 after he assaulted his brother and the IIO concluded he was armed with a hatchet when he was shot.