A Saskatoon man has issued a serious allegation against that city’s police force.
In a Facebook post, Ken Thomas claims he was at a Saskatoon bar when he went outside for a cigarette. It was then when two officers detained him saying he fit the description of someone who had been digging into vehicles.
Thomas, a marathon runner, then alleges he was taken to an area south of the city where he was dropped off and left to fend for himself.
The Saskatoon Police Service says that it is aware a complaint has been filed with Saskatchewan’s Public Complaints Commission and considers the allegation to be serious in nature.
In a statement, Saskatoon police say they will co-operate fully and that part of their investigation will include the review of GPS logs that track the location of patrol vehicles at any time as well as looking at the in-car camera video which automatically is turned on whenever the back door of a patrol vehicle is opened.
Thomas says his faith in the justice system has been shaken as a result of this incident.
The story brings back memories of a 1990 death. Neil Stonechild was found frozen to death. The 17 year old had been taken out of the city by two police officers before being dropped off in what was called a “starlight tour”. The two officers were fired after an inquiry into the death showed he had been in police custody.