Court of Appeal Considers Secret Hearing Decision on Thunder Bay Police Case
Today, Julian Falconer and Molly Churchill of Falconers LLP are appearing at the Ontario Court of Appeal on behalf of Brad DeBungee and Rainy River First Nations to argue in favour of openness and transparency of the Thunder Bay Police Services Board. On January 7, 2019, the Divisional Court upheld the decision of Mr. Lee Ferrier, acting in place of the Board, to hold a Board hearing in camera. This would result in excluding the public from a hearing that will ultimately determine whether officers involved in the death investigation of Stacey DeBungee will face disciplinary charges. The OIPRD made finding of misconduct and neglect of duty against three officers.
The First Nations Public Complainants’ appeal raises issues of significance to the parties and to the public, and takes place in the wake of recognized anti-Indigenous systemic racism within the Thunder Bay Police Service and the need for real change.