The death of a woman who may have taken her own life in a northern Ontario First Nations police cruiser might not be the fault of the force itself, but it leaves thunderous questions about its ability to handle its mandate.
An Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) investigation has cleared the Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service of fault in the death of 23-year-old Lena Anderson. Anderson died of suspected suicide while in the back of a police cruiser in northern Ontario’s Kasabonika Lake First Nation earlier this month.
The Toronto Star reports that Anderson had been left in the cruiser because the local police station had recently been rebuilt, but construction wasn't complete and the building had no heat.
While an OPP investigation has found the force not responsible for the death, it does raise questions about the state of policing northern Ontario reserves, and the dangers of underfunding.
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