Suspension Over: Racist Facebook Posts by Thunder Bay Police Constable Rob Steudle

Today, Thunder Bay Police Chief J.P. Levesque decided Constable Rob Steudle can return to work on administrative duties, according to the Office of the Independent Review Director. On September 17, 2016 Steudle’s racist comments on Facebook that “Natives are killing Natives” were posted in response to a letter to the editor of the local paper from Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler.

Constable Rob Steudle’s comments prompted the Thunder Bay police to launch a professional standards investigation, which was handed over to the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD) in October.

The OIPRD investigation is expected to be wrapped up in January. It is a separate investigation from the systemic review the watchdog is undertaking to examine allegations of racism within the police service.

In The News

Police officer under investigation over Facebook comments back at work in Thunder Bay, Ont.   CBC, December 16, 2016
Facebook comment adds to Thunder Bay’s battle with racism Toronto Star, September 30, 2016
Dear police: keep posting racist remarks to highlight systemic issues   National News, September 30, 2016
Woman brings complaint against Thunder Bay police after disparaging comments about Indigenous people   National News, September 30, 2016
Thunder Bay police investigate officers’ alleged racist Facebook comments   The Globe and Mail, September 29, 2016
Thunder Bay police investigate Facebook comments deemed ‘not acceptable   CBC, September 29, 2016
TBPS Professional Standards Investigation   Thunder Bay Police Service, September 29, 2016

Related News

Thunder Bay police board responds to systemic review by Ontario’s police watchdog   CBC, November 14, 2016
Key witnesses in probe of Indigenous man’s 2015 death not interviewed by police, fifth estate finds   CBC, November 11, 2016
TBP review includes whether officers handled cases in ‘discriminatory way’    National News, November 4, 2016
Ontario police watchdog widens probe of Thunder Bay police   OurWindsor, November 4, 2016
Thunder Bay cops face probe for all missing persons cases   Toronto Star, November 4, 2016
Missing, murdered Indigenous women cases face systemic review in Thunder Bay, Ont   CBC, November 4, 2016
Thunder Bay police under review for racism against First Nations people   Sudbury, November 4, 2016


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