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Webcasted inquiry into in-custody death begins today

The inquiry into the death of Howard Hyde, the man who made headlines acouple of years ago after dying in police custody, begins today.

The inquiry into the death of Howard Hyde, the man who made headlines a couple of years ago after dying in police custody, begins today.

It will be the first fatality inquiry in Nova Scotia to be broadcast live over the Internet, after presiding judge Anne Derrick ruled in April that the proceedings in court could be webcast.

Video and audio will be available for the next five weeks at www.hydeinquiry.ca as the inquiry unfolds, with proceedings archived online so they can be viewed for up to three days afterward.

Hyde, who suffered from schizophrenia, died 30 hours after being stunned with a Taser on Nov. 22, 2007. Former Justice Minister Cecil Clarke ordered the inquiry last September under Nova Scotia’s Fatality Investigations Act and Pubic Inquiries Act.

Hyde’s death sparked questions surrounding Taser use in the province. Last summer an advisory council made 16 recommendations to the Justice Department on how to better control Taser use by Nova Scotia police.

The inquiry starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Nova Scotia Supreme Court in downtown Halifax and is expected to continue until August 14.