Manitoba’s chief medical examiner calls inquest into death of Eishia Hudson

Manitoba’s chief medical examiner has called an inquest into the death of Eishia Hudson.

Hudson, a 16-year-old Indigenous girl, was killed by an unnamed Winnipeg police officer last April after a chase in a stolen Jeep following an alleged robbery at a liquor store.

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At the time, Winnipeg police said Hudson was driving the SUV, which ran into a police cruiser and a number of other cars near Lagimodiere Boulevard and Fermor Avenue.

A release from the chief medical examiner’s office Friday said an autopsy ruled Hudson’s death a homicide, however a months-long investigation into the police shooting by the Independent Investigation Unit of Manitoba earlier this year recommended no criminal charges against the officer.

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Hudson’s father, William Hudson, called the police watchdog’s report a whitewash and said police could have used non-lethal force.

He is calling for a broad public inquiry into police-related deaths of Indigenous people, as is Nahanni Fontaine, justice critic for Manitoba’s Opposition New Democrats.

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While there are no plans for a public inquiry, Manitoba’s advocate for children and youth has said her office will also investigate the shooting death.

A start date for the inquest called Friday has yet to be determined.

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