Mother of Chantel Moore says delay of inquest ‘slap in the face’

Martha Martin says it’s been two years since her daughter was shot and the delay is ‘frustrating.’


Chantel Moore was shot and killed by an Edmundston police officer on June 4. Submitted photo.

An inquest into the police shooting of Chantelle Moore, 26, in northwestern New Brunswick has been delayed until May.

Moore was shot during a wellness check in the early hours of June 4, 2020, in Edmundston, N.B., and investigators at the time said Moore had approached the officer with a knife.

“It’s really frustrating, we can’t get closure, in the two years my daughter has been passed away, there has been more  Indigenous people shot and killed on the streets like dogs, when does change come, when does it stop? It feels like a never-ending fight that we are battling,” says Moore’s mother Martha Martin.

“It feels like a slap in the face.”

Last November, the New Brunswick Police Commission said there was insufficient evidence the Edmundston police officer who shot Moore breached his code of conduct.

A news release today from the Justice Department says the inquest will begin May 16 instead of later this month. It did not include the reason for the decision to reschedule.

The inquest is expected to last four to six days and will be held in Fredericton.

Acting chief coroner Michael Johnston and jurors will evaluate evidence to determine the facts surrounding Moore’s death and make recommendations aimed at preventing deaths under similar circumstances in the future.

With files from the Canadian Press

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