Eaglechief familys twoyear wait for answers almost over

At the same time, Eaglechief said she believes the incident — which began around 9 p.m. when officers attempted to stop the truck, only to be rammed by it — has likely changed perceptions within the police service, and affected the officers involved.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.The inquest is scheduled to run for five days at the Saskatoon Court of Queen’s Bench, with lawyer Tim Hawryluk acting as coroner and Alma Wiebe serving as coroner’s counsel. Eleanore Sunchild will represent the Eaglechief family; the police also have standing.While inquests share similarities with other court proceedings, they are not trials. The six-member jury cannot make determinations of guilt; its mandate is limited to establishing the means of death and making recommendations to prevent similar deaths.Saskatoon police spokeswoman Alyson Edwards said the force respects the process and is prepared to “participate fully.” Edwards said the Saskatoon Police Service is also open to hearing the jury’s recommendations when the inquest concludes. The aftermath of the high-speed collision that killed 22-year-old Austin Eaglechief on June 19, 2017. Eaglechief was behind the wheel of the black pickup truck in the foreground, later determined to be stolen. ‘If I could, I’d pitch up my teepee right here’: Agatha Eaglechief remembers her son Austin a year after his death Austin Eaglechief died of ‘blunt force trauma secondary to a high speed collision’ ‘My son had an unfair life’: Mother of man who died in high-speed collision speaks out ‘I’m just lucky to be alive’: Driver survives high-speed collision with truck being pursued by police on Circle Drive Liam Richards / Saskatoon StarPhoenix Kayle Neis / Saskatoon StarPhoenix Agatha Eaglechief has been waiting more than two years to learn why a Saskatoon police officer fired two rounds at the stolen pickup truck her son was driving on a quiet residential cul-de-sac, triggering the high-speed chase that claimed his life.She hopes answers will be forthcoming when the coroner’s inquest into the June 19, 2017 incident, which ended with the death of 22-year-old Austin Eaglechief in a collision with another truck at the corner of Airport Drive and Circle Drive.Standing at the spot where her son died hours after leaving home for the final time, Eaglechief said she is approaching the inquest with an open mind but nevertheless wants to know why the Saskatoon Police Service officer decided to pull the trigger.“I’ve prayed every day. I’ve learned to live with the fact my son’s never going to come home. I’m going to sit through it. I’ve cried enough; I’m done crying. It’s forgiving that’s the hard part,” she said as cars and trucks whistled past on the freeway. A Saskatoon police officer fired two rounds at the stolen pickup truck Austin Eaglechief, 22, was driving on the evening of June 19, 2017. The gunfire occurred after the truck rammed a police cruiser on this quiet cul-de-sac in River Heights. Eaglechief, meanwhile, urged the public to reserve judgment about her son — an articulate young man who suffered from mental health problems and drug addictions, and also spoke publicly about the plight of “angry aboriginal youth.”“This generation, they’re lost. We’ve suffered enough from the residential (school) effect of our parents and grandparents … He’s intelligent. He’s lived the streets. He’s helped a lot of people that have been dealing with mental health … Nobody’s just one thing.”This inquest could be among the last conducted under the current rules, as the provincial government is planning to update the Coroner’s Act following a blistering report authored by former Saskatoon police chief Clive Weighill — who is now the chief coroner.Recent inquests have also led to questions about police oversight, specifically the optics of police investigating police. Two days after Eaglechief’s death, Weighill — who was then chief of police — said an outside agency would probe the incident.Government spokesman Noel Busse said he could not get into specifics, but pointed to the 44 recommendations Weighill included in his report last June, which concluded the office was inadequately funded and not doing its job properly.Many of the recommendations are aimed at improving inquests, including one that would create an advocacy position to help the families of people whose deaths are the subject of an inquest with their concerns about the process and its results.amacpherson@postmedia.comtwitter.com/macphersonaRelated

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