Ontario Police Watchdog systemic review of the Thunder Bay Police Service

Update: CBC reports that Gerry McNeilly, Ontario’s Independent Police Review Director, hosted a three-hour-long public meeting, which an estimated over-250 people attended in Thunder Bay on Monday, September 25, 2017.

McNeilly says he still expects to have the findings of his probe into allegations of systemic racism in the Thunder Bay Police Service completed by next spring, even though he’ll likely be gathering more input from city residents.

CBC further reports that the timing is poignant. On Saturday, the body of a 21-year-old Indigenous man — later identified as Dylan Moonias — was found in the Neebing-McIntyre Floodway. Four months ago, two teenagers, 17-year-old Tammy Keeash and 14-year-old Josiah Begg, were found in different parts of the same waterway.

The unprecedented investigation of the TBPS was launched on November 3, 2016. The systemic review by Ontario’s police watchdog was prompted by complaints that the drowning death of Stacey DeBungee in 2015, was too quickly deemed non-criminal by police. Falconers LLP represents the DeBungee family and the Rainy River First Nations community.

In The News

Ontario police watchdog says review of Thunder Bay force to be complete by spring    CBC, September 26, 2017,

Police identify deceased 21-year-old man found in Neebing-McIntyre Floodway    CBC, September 26, 2017

Probe of Indigenous deaths should extend beyond Thunder Bay, leaders say    Toronto Star, September 12, 2017

Almost 40 Thunder Bay police investigations being reviewed by watchdog group    CBC, September 12, 2017

Thunder Bay public meeting on police practices the ‘beginning of a discussion’ says First Nation Chief    CBC, September 12, 2017

Almost 40 death investigations are being re-examined in Thunder Bay    Toronto Star, September 11, 2017

OIPRD to hold public meeting in Thunder Bay, Ont.    CBC, September 11, 2017

Public meeting announced for review of Thunder Bay Police   tbnewswatch, September 11, 2017

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