Police Constable Kris Wood, et al. v. Ruth Schaeffer, et al.

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Police Constable Kris Wood, et al. v. Ruth Schaeffer, et al.

Police Constable Kris Wood, et al. v. Ruth Schaeffer, et al. (April 19, 2013)
Case # 34621

In June 2009, the Special Investigations Unit was called upon to investigate the conduct of police officers. The investigation pertained to two separate incidents which involved the death of civilians at the hands of police. In both cases, the subject officer and the witness officers were instructed not to make notes until they had spoken to counsel. The subject and witness officers were also allowed to complete their notes after the end of the shift. In November 2009, the families of the deceased civilians asked the court to interpret the regulatory regime. The family requested the interpretation with respect to the rights and duties of police officers involved in SIU investigations. The application was dismissed for lack of standing, mootness and injusticiability. The Court of Appeal allowed the appeal and made a declaration about the parameters of the regulatory regime.