Disciplinary Hearing over Stacy DeBungee Death Investigation Cancelled: Thunder Bay Police Services Board (“TBPSB”)
Today, the Thunder Bay Police Services Board (“TBPSB”) cancelled a hearing scheduled for April 6 to decide whether three officers will face disciplinary proceedings over the investigation into the death of Stacy DeBungee. The CBC reported that, in a statement released by the TBPSB, the TBPSB cited a “procedural matter” as a reason for the cancellation of the hearing.
On October 19, 2015, DeBungee’s body was found in the McIntyre River, in Thunder Bay, ON. Within hours of the discovery of his body and before the autopsy was conducted, the Thunder Bay Police Service issued press releases ruling out foul play and declaring the death “non-criminal”. An OIPRD Report (mentioned in the related posts section) chronicles how police failed to take the most basic investigative steps such as protecting the scene, interviewing witnesses and seizing evidence. Leadership right up to the Chief of Police are identified and a trail of “organizational deficiencies” are laid out in the Report.