WINNIPEG – The Assembly of First Nations is calling for an independent probe of how Winnipeg police handled the disappearance of a teen whose body was eventually pulled from the Red River.
Police are conducting an internal investigation after discovering two officers came across Tina Fontaine during a traffic stop in August — a week after she had been reported missing — but did not take her into custody.
Fontaine’s body was found wrapped in a bag in the river more than a week later.
Cameron Alexis, Alberta regional chief, said an internal review isn’t enough and the province should bring in independent investigators.
The way police treated Fontaine’s disappearance underlines the need for a national inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women, he said.
Fontaine’s death has been ruled a homicide but police have not yet made any arrests.
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