Winnipeg Police issue false news release on the Tina Fontaine case
Here's how most relevant portion of the news release read:
Winnipeg Police Professional Standards Investigation
The Winnipeg Police Homicide Unit has been actively investigating the murder of Tina Fontaine since August, 2014. This investigation is on-going. Numerous people have been interviewed, and a number of forensic tests have been conducted.
The release implies that the two police officers had "contact" with Tina Fontaine on Aug. 8 while she was "reported as a missing person." That's false and the police service knows it.
We reported these facts exclusively five months ago.
"We were just hanging out and then some guy flagged her from a truck," Katrina recalled. "I thought she knew him or something, I don't know. But she went to go get in.
"The cops happened to be driving by, so I pointed right away," she added. "Then they went and chased the truck down and they told her to, like, walk away."
Katrina said she lost track of Fontaine for some time after the police incident but ran into her again at around 8 p.m. on Aug. 8.
"She just told me that, like, she ended up in the hospital, she was supposed to be at the Best Western placement, and she said that they were going to report her missing if she wasn't back at a certain time," Katrina said.
"I looked at my phone. I was like, 'Oh shit, you're going to be missing in, like, two hours.'"
* This conversation took place 16 hours AFTER 2 police officers spoke with Tina.
* Further confirmation comes from none other than Thelma Favel, Tina's great-aunt, in this story from CBC:
"Paramedics had picked the teen up from an alley, where she was passed out. Fontaine was transported to the Winnipeg Children's Hospital and then released to a CFS worker.
The worker didn't know where to take her, Favel said.
The worker stopped at an office and went in to get the address and left Fontaine in the car. She was later taken to a hotel and went missing from there."
The police spokesmen have never acknowledged these facts. Instead, they falsely imply that the two officers did something wrong by not apprehending Tina Fontaine when she was "reported missing."
Throughout 2014 the police were very vocal about their new policy on handling public prostitution.
Take this story from CBC one year ago (emphasis ours, the officer's name has been redacted):
Winnipeg police unit talks to sex-trade workers, targets johns
CBC News Posted: Mar 26, 2014
The fact that police announced publicly that they were investigating whether to lay criminal charges against the officers shows that Clunis had politicized the case, allowing public pressure to influence his judgement. It came as no surprise that the Crown rejected any charges.
Monday, October 20, 2014
Winnipeg Police Chief Devon "Mack Daddy" Clunis is a big believer in prayer, and right now he's praying you don't find out that he might have been responsible for why teen runaway Tina Fontaine wasn't picked up by police the day before she was last seen alive.
Tina Fontaine was a chronic runaway. After running away from her aunt's care in Sagkeeng in November and being returned, she went missing again in July.
According to the best evidence, she was back under CFS care as of Aug.5.
She was reported missing Aug. 9, police issued a news release Aug. 13 "requesting the publics assistance" in locating her, and her body was found in the Red River Aug. 17.