'Neglect of duty' found in review of Thunder Bay police investigation into death of Indigenous man

An independent review of the Thunder Bay Police Service's investigation into the death of an Indigenous man in 2015 found "substantial" deficiencies that are being considered "neglect of duty," The Fifth Estate has found.

Now, First Nations chiefs are calling for the resignation of the Thunder Bay police Chief J.P. Levesque.

"Leadership comes from top down and there's a systemic problem with the Thunder Bay police force, so I'm calling for Chief Levesque's resignation," Rainy River First Nations Chief Robin McGinnis said.

"Barring that, I think the police board has to do their job and fire him."

Reached on Sunday, the Thunder Bay Police Service refused to comment on the report, citing issues of confidentiality and the privacy interests of all parties involved.

The report was done by the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD) — a civilian police oversight body.

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