Mourners to march as they await police investigation

Family and friends of Hudson Brooks plan rally on three-month anniversary of his shooting death.

A large memorial for Hudson Brooks remains in place outside of the South Surrey RCMP detachment

Three months after Hudson Brooks was fatally shot by police outside the South Surrey RCMP detachment, friends and family are planning to march in the young man’s honour.

Sunday’s rally – set for 4 p.m. at 18 Avenue and 152 Street, where Brooks was killed – is meant to keep his death in the spotlight, according to a post on the Justice for Hudson Facebook page.

It will take place three months to the day that Brooks, 20, was shot by RCMP officers in the early morning hours of July 18.

According to police, a struggle ensued between Brooks and the officers, who were responding to reports of a man screaming; Brooks was shot, an officer also suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. Investigators confirmed two days later that only police-issued firearms were found at the scene.

Following Brooks’ death, his family expressed anger at the lack of information from investigators, and that shortly after the shooting RCMP labelled Brooks as “suicidal”.

Last week, officials with the Independent Investigations Office acknowledged the wait is “incredibly frustrating” for the family, and expressed their own frustration with the pace of lab results.

“We are still waiting for firearm analysis related to files from December 2014,” spokesperson Kellie Kilpatrick told Peace Arch News by email. “Those we expect from the national lab this December. We have identified this delayed timeline as a significant issue and are looking to see if there are other options.”

Reports related to the Brooks’ investigation are not expected “until minimally the new year.”

Investigators continue to seek witnesses to the hours leading up to Brooks’ death. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-855-446-8477 or 778-988-1041.

–with files from Tracy Holmes

Surrey North Delta Leader

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