50-Year-Old Man Dies in Custody in Thunder Bay (July 19, 2017)

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU), the agency that investigates police harm to civilians in Ontario, is examining the death of a 50-year-old man who was held at a police station in Thunder Bay, Ontario, on July 19, 2017. According to the SIU, police and paramedics attended an address on Fort William Road around 8 PM the evening before. After being cleared medically by paramedics, the man was taken by police to the police station and placed in a cell. The SIU reports that a bit after midnight, the man was found in his cell not breathing. He was taken to hospital by paramedics and was pronounced dead there. Thunder Bay police have garnered much negative attention recently for concerns about widespread racism within the force in relation to treatment of Indigenous residents in the area.

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