Family of Chantel Moore outraged with decision to not charge officer who shot her

Grace Frank, the grandmother of Chantel Moore, doesn’t hide her feelings about the police investigation into her death.

“I’m so angry, my granddaughter didn’t deserve to die like that, there’s a lot more to the story,” says Frank.

Frank was able to see Moore’s body before the burial and found injuries that she says can’t be explained.

“Why did she have a broken leg? Why did she have a broken arm? Why were their bruises on her body? She had bruises around her waist and inside of her thighs like something happened to her before they killed her,” says Frank.

Moore, a young mother from Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation in British Colombia, moved to Edmundston New Brunswick to be closer to her family,

On June 4, 2020, a call was put into the Edmunston Police Service to go and check on her.

It was during this wellness check that Moore was fatally shot.

On Monday, New Brunswick’s public prosecution service announced that no charges would be laid against the officer.

The investigation, according to prosecutors, ruled that Moore came towards a police officer with a knife, and the officer had no choice but to shoot.

Supporters gathered at the legislative building in Fredericto for a ceremony to honour Moore.

Her death sparked outrage around the country. Leaders called for a provincial inquiry into systemic racism.

Martha Martin, Moore’s mother, was at the event. She says she will keep fighting for change,

“How do we start to mend bridges with policing, because there’s so much distrust, there’s no transparency how we hold them more accountable, all those questions that come into your mind, what are the next steps from here, we don’t know just take it one step at a time,” says Martin.

Frank doesn’t believe the police reports.

“To me it’s just like police working for police and I seriously think that no one will ever be convicted or charged, be held accountable for killing someone, taking another human beings’ life,” says Frank.

Moore’s family is discussing how to move forward.

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