Police Commission Issues Ruling In Stonechild Case

Tuesday, July 29, 2008 at 14:31



The firings of two Saskatoon police officers years after the freezing death of an Aboriginal teenager have been upheld.


The Saskatchewan Police Commission has dismissed appeals from constables Larry Hartwig and Brad Senger.


The commission says it was reasonable for the original police hearing officer to conclude Neil Stonechild was in the custody of the two officers.


Hartwig and Senger were dismissed in November 2004 after an inquiry into Stonechild’s death ruled the officers had the 17-year-old in their cruiser prior to his death in November 1990.


The police commission also decided not to consider new evidence of a career criminal who said his former cellmate admitted to beating Stonechild and dumping him on the outskirts of Saskatoon.


(courtesy of The Canadian Press)