Thunder Bay police officers who investigated Indigenous man's 2015 death to face disciplinary proceedings

An adjudicator has ruled that three Thunder Bay Police Service officers who were involved in what was found to be a deficient sudden death investigation of an Indigenous man will face disciplinary proceedings.

Retired judge Lee Ferrier has granted an extension for a Police Services Act notice of hearing to be filed against the officers involved in the 2015 investigation into the death of Stacy DeBungee, 41. The hearing was held last week.

DeBungee's body was found in the McIntyre River on the morning of Oct. 15, 2015. Within a few hours, Thunder Bay Police Service issued a media release to say the death was not believed to be suspicious, and the next day, before an autopsy was conducted, police said that the death appeared to be non-criminal.

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