Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Indigenous Man Was Pepper-Sprayed before Fatal Shooting by RCMP in Saskatchewan

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Indigenous Man Was Pepper-Sprayed before Fatal Shooting by RCMP in Saskatchewan

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Indigenous man was pepper-sprayed before fatal shooting

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BATTLEFORD, Sask. - A police officer says an Indigenous man who died in 2017 after being shot by Saskatchewan RCMP was hit with pepper spray first.

An inquest into the death Brydon Whitstone heard that officers in North Battleford, Sask., had boxed in a vehicle carrying Whitstone and a passenger after a police chase.

RCMP Sgt. Pernell St. Pierre told the inquest he broke the car's passenger side window to get a better look inside.

He said he released pepper spray inside the car but Whitstone did not react to it.

St. Pierre said Whitstone, who was 22, also didn't respond to calls from officers to show his hands.

The inquest had already heard that Whitstone put his right hand into his pants after he was told to get out of the car, even though he didn't have a weapon. …

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