IIO investigation into Castlegar incident in final stages

Independent Investigation Office inquiry into the death of Waylon Jesse Edey in January 2015 progressing slowly.

One year and ten months have passed since the police incident that resulted in the death of Waylon Jesse Edey of Yahk, BC and everyone involved is still waiting on a final report from the Independent Investigations Office (IIO).

Castlegar RCMP and West Kootenay Traffic Services were acting on a complaint regarding an impaired driver in the Castlegar area on the evening of Jan. 29, 2015 when the incident occurred.

Police eventually located the alleged impaired driver on the Kinnaird Bridge. During the traffic stop matters escalated and an RCMP officer fired his service pistol at the suspect.

The incident was turned over to the Independent Investigations Office (IIO) for investigation. The mandate of the IIO is to investigate whether any offences may have been committed by the police officers involved. At the time, a five person team that included a forensic specialist was sent out to Castlegar.

After almost two years, the investigation has finally reached the point where all reports and results have been compiled. When the News talked to the IIO in January 2016, the case tasks were 80 per cent completed and the IIO was waiting on third party reports from labs and experts.

An internal review of the case at the IIO in now underway. “It is a thourough process and it involves a number of people within the organization,” explained Aiden Buckley, IIO communications and stakeholder liaison. Those people include the IIO chief investigator, the original investigation team director, the director of legal services and the IIO chief civilian director.

Once the chief civilian director completes his review of the investigation, he will make a decision on whether to exonerate the officer involved, or to refer the case to Crown Counsel. If the chief civilian director finds that an officer may have committed any offence, under any enactment, the police act requires him to refer the case to Crown Counsel. If he can independently clear the officer, he will issue a public report that will be available on the IIO website detailing the case, the evidence examined and the witnesses interviewed.

When asked about why it is taking so much time to complete the case, Buckley explained, “Everything from delays in receiving third party reports — which we have been in constant communication with the RCMP about and they have been really communicative with us in looking to resolve those delays. In addition to that, we do have a significant current case load.” The IIO is currently looking into 59 cases. “All of those factors combined with the fact that we are still a relatively new organization and dealing with the kind of predictable challenges of setting up a new organization. All of those factors combined means we are not resolving cases in as timely a fashion as we had originally hoped when the IIO was established,” said Buckley.

Of those 59 cases, two West Kootenay cases — the Castlegar case and the Slocan case involving Peter de Groot — have been on the books the longest.

Just Posted

More snow called for the Kootenays

Environment Canada issued the bulletin Tuesday under its “BC Traveller’s Routes forecast”

Kootenay employers ready to meet job seekers at Black Press career fair

Dozens of companies will attend the event on Nov. 15 at the Ktunaxa Nation Building in Cranbrook

Sandblasting Silver City skate sign

The Trail Sk8 Park was closed on Thursday so workers could ready a sign for painting

Trail vet says voting system has worked for 150 years

Letter to the Editor from Vaughn Budd of Trail

Area A seeks views on cannabis rules

The public hearing for Area A residents will go Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 5 p.m.

VIDEO: Amazon to split second HQ between New York, Virginia

Official decision expected later Tuesday to end competition between North American cities to win bid and its promise of 50,000 jobs

Stink at B.C. school prompts complaints of headaches, nausea

Smell at Abbotsford school comes from unauthorized composting operation

Fear of constitutional crisis escalates in U.S.; Canadians can relate

Some say President Donald Trump is leading the U.S. towards a crisis

B.C.-based pot producer Tilray reports revenue surge, net loss

Company remains excited about ‘robust’ cannabis industry

Canada stands pat on Saudi arms sales, even after hearing Khashoggi tape

Khashoggi’s death at Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul further strained Riyadh’s already difficult relationship with Ottawa

Feds pledge money for young scientists, but funding for in-house research slips

Canada’s spending on science is up almost 10 per cent since the Liberals took office, but spending on in-house research is actually down

Disabled boy has ‘forgiven’ bullies who walked on him in stream, mom says

A Cape Breton teen who has cerebral palsy was told to lie in a stream as other kids walked over him

Letters shed light on state of mind of B.C. mom accused of daughter’s murder

Trial of South Surrey mother Lisa Batstone begins in BC Supreme Court

Vancouver man must pay $22,000 after breaking strata rules

Peter Gordon took his fight over his rented condo to the civil resolution tribunal, but lost

Most Read