Almost 40 death investigations are being re-examined in Thunder Bay

Investigators probing the Thunder Bay police for allegations of systemic racism are re-examining 30 death investigations plus nine cases of murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls that date to the 1990s.

The Thunder Bay Police Service (TBPS) has been under investigation by the Office of the Police Review Director since November. More than 100 Indigenous and non-Indigenous citizens of the northern city, police officers, organizations, Thunder Bay city councillors and others have been interviewed by the watchdog group under the direction of Gerry McNeilly.

The OIPRD, which operates at an arm’s length from the Ministry of the Attorney General’s office, began investigating the police service’s handling of cases of murdered and missing Indigenous people in Thunder Bay after complaints by First Nations leaders who say cases involving First Nations people are often closed and dismissed without proper examination.


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