Social Media Comments By Police Under Investigation

Thunder Bay Police Service

The Walk a Mile ProjectTHUNDER BAY – A local reporter for APTN News provided the Thunder Bay Police with a number of comments which appeared on the Chronicle Journal’s Facebook page regarding a letter to the editor by Nishnawbi Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler.

The Grand Chief was responding to statements made over a CBC Media report on how a Walk-a-Mile facilitator was treated by Thunder Bay Police Officers during a session in July.

A number of specific comments posted on September 17 and 18, 2016 are now the subject of a Police Services Act investigation by the TBPS Professional Standards Unit.  It is alleged that these comments had the involvement of members of the Thunder Bay Police Service according to TBPS in a media statement.

Police Executive Officer Chris Adams said, “We would like to thank the reporter from APTN News for bringing these comments forward to police.  These types of comments are not acceptable.  They do not reflect the values of the Thunder Bay Police Service.  We would like to apologize to our Indigenous community for the hurt these comments may cause.”

The TBPS state in a media statement that “This investigation into these posted comments is a top priority for the Thunder Bay Police Service”.

The original report from CBC has lit a flood of social media commentary.