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Thunder Bay Police Services Board calls for healing

This week started with a human rights complaint being filed against Thunder Bay police. It's ending with the police services board issuing an open letter in response to that complaint.

All of this was prompted by an email mistakenly sent out by police earlier this month. It appeared to be making a joke of the murder of an Ojibway man.

First Nations leaders wanted a police investigation into whether the joke implied there was racism on the police service. The police chief, and mayor Keith Hobbs as a member of the police services board, denied there were any racist overtones. First Nations say they were compelled to file the human rights complaint to find out.

This afternoon, chair of the police services board issued an open letter to media about the email. It apologizes for the hurt it caused, but does not mention race.

The CBC's Jody Porter asked board chair Joe Virdiramo about the purpose of the letter.

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