Don't jump to conclusions about Rodney Jackson death: RCMP

Superintendent says some reporting not entirely based on facts

9/16/2011

The RCMP are asking people not to pre-judge and wait until all of the facts are presented at the Coroner's Inquest into the death of Rodney Jackson.

The 35-year-old was shot and killed by an Emergency Response Team member at a hunting cabin north of Hazelton two years ago.

The ERT was attempting to apprehend Jackson after he failed to appear in court on criminal charges.

RCMP Supt. Rod Booth says drawing early conclusions can lead to harmful speculation.

"Unfortunately there has been some accounts and reporting that perhaps weren't as fact based as we would like, and what that does is it creates all sorts of speculation, which isn't healthy or helpful within the community."

Booth says the force is looking forward to the jury's recommendations, and determining what can be done in terms of implementation.