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Old 03-18-2004, 12:48 PM   #1
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In Reference to Neil Stonechild: Police chief suspended for inquiry in teen's death

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Police chief suspended for inquiry in teen's death
Thursday, March 18, 2004

The deputy police chief in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, has been placed on leave pending an internal investigation into his handling of the death of a Native teen.

Deputy chief Dan Wiks told the media last year that the police were not linked to Neil Stonechild's disappearance in 1990. But at the inquiry into Stonechild's death, he testified that he knew two police officers were considered suspects by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Police have been testifying at the inquiry but they also have been conducting surveillance of the people who attend. The presiding judge will conduct an investigation.

Testimony on Wednesday came from a doctor who questioned how Stonechild, 17, received marks on his face. Stonechild appeared badly beaten in photos that weren't released until last year.

Get the Story:
Saskatoon deputy chief removed from duties (CBC 3/17)
Surveillance at the Stonechild inquiry questioned (CBC 3/17)
Medical examiner says Stonechild marks not cuffs (CBC 3/17)

Relevant Links:
Stonechild Inquiry - http://www.stonechildinquiry.ca
Starlight Tours, from the CBC - http://cbc.ca/national/magazine/starlight/index.html

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Old 03-18-2004, 08:48 PM   #2
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Man this is so awful! My heart and my prayers go out to the families of this young man and all the others too. How scary it must be to be there and have to deal with this as a way of life. I hope that something can be done to improve the situation there. It doesn't take much to become an officer, I would hope that the department be grilled on this and all related issues.


Thanks for the very informative post.
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