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Thursday, November 27, 2014
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INQUEST CALLED IN IRONCHILD'S DEATH

The head office of the Public Prosecutions Division, Saskatchewan Justice, has

completed a review of the RCMP investigation into the death of Darcy Dean

Ironchild. It has determined there is no basis for any criminal charges in

this case. The investigation of Ironchild's death was part of the RCMP

investigation into recent allegations against Saskatoon City Police.



Following the independent determination by senior Crown prosecutors, Justice

Minister Chris Axworthy has directed an inquest be held to inform the public of

the circumstances surrounding the death of Darcy Dean Ironchild.



The 33-year-old Ironchild died in the early morning hours of February 19th,

2000. He was taken in by Saskatoon Police for public intoxication early in the

evening of February 18th, 2000. Ironchild was kept under observation in cells

until around midnight, when he was released and sent home in a taxi.



The inquest will be held in Saskatoon at a date, time and place to be announced

in the near future by Saskatchewan's chief coroner.



Inquests are open to the public. Evidence is given before a six-person jury

summoned at random.



In addition to establishing when and where the death occurred and the medical

cause of the death, the coroner's jury may make recommendations to prevent

similar deaths in the future.



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For more information, contact:



Debi McEwen

Saskatchewan Justice

Regina

Phone: (306) 787-6043
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