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Monday, October 3, 2022

Third-party to probe events leading up to Edmonton Chinatown slayings

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Key takeaways: 

  • The man charged in two deaths was dropped off in the city by RCMP, contrary to bail requirements.
  • Days before Hung Trang and Ban Phuc Hoang were fatally hit in Edmonton’s Chinatown, Justin Bone – now blamed in both killings – was dropped off in the city by RCMP officers. 

The Edmonton Police Commission states it is aiming for an independent third party to check the events leading up to the Chinatown killings two months back.

The Commission didn’t define who would be doing the inspection. 

On May 18, Hung Trang, 64, and Ban Phuc Hoang, 61, were slaughtered in Edmonton’s Chinatown district.

Three days before the men were fatally hit, RCMP officers dropped off Justin Bone, 36, in the city even though bail requirements banned him from being in Edmonton unsupervised.

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The Edmonton Police Commission states it is aiming for an independent third party to check the events leading up to the Chinatown killings two months back

The Commission states it has chosen “to seek an outer independent third party with a strong lawful background to help in examining the events of the person’s arrival and stay in Edmonton.”

According to the Commission, the third party will be liable for the following:

  • Consider how and when the Edmonton Police Service interacted with the charged person.
  • Read relevant police policies.
  • Check publicly available information or proceedings from other bodies.
  • Provide updates to the Commission concerning knowledge acquired through monitoring continuous processes and proceedings.
  • Make a final report for the Commission once all lawful proceedings are completed or could start. The information would summarize all known data and potential gaps in knowledge and urge how the Commission could manage knowledge gaps in the future.

This comes after the slayings sparked anger over high crime rates in Chinatown and started calls to stop the release of jailed offenders into Edmonton’s core.

In a Twitter thread Monday, Mayor Amarjeet Sohi called the incident “preventable,” describing his frustrations with the circumstances that led to the extinction.

Source – CBC News

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