Fifth Estate Feature Sheds New Light on State of Thunder Bay Police
The Fifth Estate has found that police in Thunder Bay never bothered to find, and interview two key witnesses who were with Stacey DeBungee the night before he was found dead last year. Falconers LLP lawyers, Julian Falconer and Meaghan Daniel, represent the DeBungee family and the Rainy River First Nations in respect of the death of 41-year-old Stacey Lance DeBungee.
Additionally, The Fifth Estate was able to track down the two witnesses who say they were with DeBungee on the night of October 18, 2016, and used a debit card belonging to him after his death. More than a year later, those same witnesses have never been formally interviewed by police.
In a public statement, Julian Falconer criticized the Thunder Bay Police Service investigation stating, “It was clear this was another sad example of a pattern, which is that Aboriginal deaths are simply investigated in a fashion that is different from other deaths.”
Hit Here to Play: “Death In Thunder Bay: No Foul Play” The Fifth Estate, November 11, 2016
Thunder Bay Police Forced To Address Systemic Racism
March 18, 2016: The family of Brad DeBungee filed a complaint with the OIPRD alleging systemic discrimination within the Thunder Bay Police Service. On November 3, 2016 the OIPRD announced its unprecedented investigation into systemic racism at the Thunder Bay Police Service.
November 16, 2016: Chair of the Thunder Bay Police Services Board Jackie Dojack, and Chief of Police J.P. Levesque, wrote a letter responding to the Ontario Human Rights Commission. In the letter, the Thunder Bay Police Service welcomes assistance from the Human Rights Commission for the implementation of further organizational change in order to improve policing procedures and practices. The correspondence finishes with a request that Chief Commissioner Renu Mandhane, call the chief’s office to set up a date to meet about the police’s efforts and how to move forward.
In The News
OHRC Letter November 16, 2016 Thunder Bay Police Service, November 17, 2016
Thunder Bay police pledge ‘organizational change’ in letter to human rights commissioner CBC, November 17, 2016
Police respond to Ontario Human Rights Commission letter TBNewsWatch, November 17, 2016
Anti-racism strategy shaped in Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal, November 27, 2016
Ontario government hosts public meeting on combating racism TBNewsWatch, November 27, 2016
Minister will explore racism in Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal, November 25, 2016
‘Hate signs’ in Toronto show need to address racism, says Ontario minister CBC, November 25, 2016
The indigenous teen who escaped death in a Thunder Bay river Toronto Star, November 24, 2016