Thunder Bay police unlawfully arrested First Nations man: provincial watchdog

A police service currently facing a systemic racism investigation unlawfully arrested a First Nations man who happened to be carrying the wrong brand of coffee cup at the wrong time, according to Ontario's provincial police watchdog.

The Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD) released its decision on May 24 substantiating Samuel Pervais's complaint over his Jan. 21, 2017, arrest by Thunder Bay police.

Pervais, a member of Fort William First Nation, was walking nearby with a Robin's Donuts coffee cup shortly after police received a complaint from the coffee shop.

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