Police Confirms Prosecutors Reviewing Tina Fontaine Case Officers’ Conduct

Winnipeg Police Chief Devon Clunis mentioned during a press conference on Friday morning that Crown prosecutors are reviewing the results of a Winnipeg police investigation into the conduct of two officers involved in the Tina Fontaine case. He explained that “this is obviously a very serious event and so we are moving it forward.”

The two officers under investigated are believed to have pulled over a car being driven by an allegedly impaired man on Aug. 8, shortly before Fontaine’s final disappearance. Even though Fontaine was identified as an at-risk missing child, she was released by police at the time. Thereafter, her body was found wrapped in a bag in the Red River. Winnipeg police homicide unit is investigating the death. Clunis revealed that the investigation into those officers’ conduct has been completed and is now being forwarded to the Crown for an opinion about whether or not to press charges.

Furthermore, the police chief also responded to a report published by Winnipeg Free Press claiming that the supervising officer on duty on Aug. 8 was also under investigation by the force’s professional standards unit. He clarified that there is “absolutely no link” between the Tina Fontaine homicide case and an internal investigation into a police supervisor. Clunis explained that “there is absolutely no link whatsoever between the Tina Fontaine investigation and the ongoing human resources investigation,” because “the supervisor had no direct interaction in terms of the actions that were taken relative to the contact of those members with Miss Fontaine.”

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