Police issued a false news release Wednesday that was designed to
mislead the public while simultaneously making two serving officers into
scapegoats for Chief Devon Clunis.
Here's how most relevant portion of the news release read:
Winnipeg Police Professional Standards Investigation
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 course of the investigation, Homicide investigators discovered
that Tina Fontaine was reported as a missing person on July 31st, 2014.
Investigators also discovered that two members of the Winnipeg Police
Service had contact with Ms. Fontaine on August 8th, 2014, approximately
24 hours before her disappearance.
Clunis was informed of these events on September 3rd, 2014, and
immediately directed the Professional Standards Unit to commence an
investigation. The officers were removed from active duty in October and
placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of that
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.
While Tina Fontaine was, indeed, reported as a missing person on July 31st, 2014, she was NOT MISSING when the paths of her and the police crossed.
had been located Aug. 5th and had been in CFS care from that date
until she was again apparently reported missing 18 hours AFTER the
"contact" with the unnamed officers.
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."
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.'"
* Tina Fontaine said she "they were going to report her missing" if she missed curfew.
* And curfew, according to Katrina, was "in...two hours", 10 p.m.
announcement that the police department has "commenced disciplinary
proceedings" is disturbing. Given the secrecy adopted by the police
force, there is always the possibility that the internal proceedings
stem from an attempt to hide the contact with Tina Fontaine, with the
destruction or altering of notes or records. Tina Fontaine's body
wasn't discovered until Aug. 17 and Clunis announced he didn't know
police had spoken to her until Sept. 3.
other than that, it appears that the two officers are being made the
scapegoats for following the policy set down by Chief Clunis with,
ultimately, disastrous results for Tina Fontaine. They are being served
up as sacrificial lambs to placate the mob sentiment that somebody has
to be blamed for not saving the young girl.
WPD Chief Clunis knows the REAL reason police failed to detain Tina Fontaine
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.
now everyone knows that two officers spoke with 15-year-old Tina
Fontaine in the wee hours of August 8 after stopping a vehicle in which
she was a passenger. They took down her name, we're told, then sent her
on her way. But at the time, so the story goes, she had been reported
to police as missing, and should have been apprehended.
police department revealed the contact with Tina last month and
announced an internal investigation of the circumstances. Friday, Clunis
said the resulting report would be sent to the Crown Attorney's office
for review, implying that charges could be laid against the two police
he failed to say is that Tina Fontaine was probably released by the
officers because they were following the policy introduced by none other
than Clunis himself on dealing with street prostitutes.
you see, wants police to be more social worker than law enforcer. Nine
months before Fontaine was killed, Clunis announced the creation of an
anti-exploitation unit to build relationships with prostitutes rather
than arrest them. Police would, henceforth, harass the johns but not
the hookers, who were to be treated with kid gloves. They were, after
all, victims in their own right.
incident where police spoke with Fontaine has all the elements of a
roust. Police just happened to be around when Fontaine, who was known to
prostitute herself in the area, got into a truck with an unknown male
driver in the middle of the night. They stopped the truck and
questioned the two occupants. The latest information is that there were
four occupants. The identities, indeed the sex of the others has neve
been made public. Fontaine was released to go on her way; the driver,
who was, allegedly, intoxicated, was taken to the drunk tank.
he was drunk, why wasn't he charged with drunk driving? Because the
officers didn't want to spend time waiting for a breathalyzer test. They
wanted to get back on their "beat" asap. It's also possible that the
allegations of intoxication were part of a harassment policy against
Why wasn't Fontaine held in custody and returned to CFS care? Here's where the story goes off the rails.
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 Powerview reported on July 11 that they had received a missing
persons report regarding Tina Fontaine on July 10. She was last seen,
they said, on July 1 in Winnipeg. Then, on July 17, they issued a news
release saying she had been found safe and sound.
great-aunt Thelma Favel, who lives on Sagkeeng, had been unable to
reach Tina in Winnipeg for over a week and had therefore reported her
missing July 10. Tina's mother Tina Duck later (after Tina's body was
discovered) told reporters that she had spent "the better part of the
week" with Tina, obviously unbeknownst to Favel.
Follow, so far?
reports say she was missing again on July 31, only two weeks later.
Thelma Favel says Tina had been gone since about July 26, according to
what she learned from a child care worker.
aunt, Lana Fontaine, told CBC that the girl stayed with her over the
August long weekend, Aug. 1 to 5. She added that Tina phoned CFS on Aug.
5 and was taken back into their care.
Winnipeg police nor Powerview RCMP issued a missing persons alert
regarding the July 31 disappearance of Tina Fontaine.
According to the best evidence, she was back under CFS care as of Aug.5.
That means that when she was questioned by two Winnipeg police officers, in the early hours of Aug. 8, SHE WAS NOT MISSING.