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Police Chief Announces:
Police Investigating Facebook incident


THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  - December 3, 2018   (LSN)  Chief of Police Sylvie Hauth ordered an immediate investigation into this incident and shares the community concerns regarding the video showing the interaction between the officer and the youth.  The officer involved in this incident has been served with a notice of investigation in accordance with the Police Services Act.  The officer is currently off duty.

Egan Street Investigation
Incident Date:
Monday, December 3, 2018 - 17:30
Thunder Bay
Date Published: 2018-12-03
On Saturday December 1, 2018 at 7:25 p.m.,

Thunder Bay Police officers responded to a call to assist paramedics regarding an injured adult female at a residence in the 400 block of Egan Street.  The woman was transported to hospital by Superior North EMS for non-life threatening injuries.  While on scene, an intoxicated 17-year-old female was located inside the residence.   While being readied for transport to hospital, a female Uniform Patrol officer is seen to be in physical contact with the youth.  A video showing a portion of the incident was captured and posted on social media.


This is a very active and ongoing investigation.  We will provide updates as the investigation progresses.

Given the very public nature of this incident, we are aware of threats through social media against our officers.  These threats are also being investigated with the assistance of social media providers.

Here is a Facebook image of a Statement by the girl involved 

Orginal Story:


THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO -  December 2, 2018  (LSN)   Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler and First Nation leaders are calling for answers after a video surfaced this weekend that appears to show a member of the Thunder Bay Police Service (TBPS) striking a First Nation youth while receiving medical care.


“We are outraged by the actions of the officer depicted in this video. We do not know all of the details that led to this incident, but there is simply no justification for such violent and callous treatment of a youth in such a defenseless position,” said Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler. “Such actions by the police, whatever the cause, must be fully independent authority and the results made public by the Chief of Police.”

The brief video, posted to Facebook last night, appears to show an officer striking a youth restrained on stretcher next to an ambulance. The words “You’re going to the hospital” can be heard.


It is not clear why the youth, a 17-year-old from Nibinimik First Nation and student of the Matawa Learning Centre, required medical attention. Police officials have confirmed that an investigation has been launched but have not clarified if it will be independent of the TBPS.


The viral video has sparked outrage from First Nations across NAN territory, who have a long history of conflict with the city’s police force. 


First Nation leaders called for the resignation of former Thunder Bay Police Chief J.P. Levesque following a report from the Ontario Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD) earlier this year that documented “substantial” deficiencies in the investigation into the death of Rainy River First Nations member Stacy DeBungee in 2015. Levesque also faced charges of breach of trust and obstruction of justice in an unrelated matter but the case was dismissed. He has since retired.


In November 2016, the OIPRD announced a systemic review of the Thunder Bay Police Service’s practices for policing Indigenous Peoples. Specifically, policies, practices and attitudes regarding missing person and death investigations.

The Thunder Bay Police Services Board is also under investigation by the Ontario Civilian Police Commission (OCPC), the statutory governing body for police boards in Ontario. Program or Department Name Here



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