Saskatchewan

Police commission rejects appeal of fired officers in Neil Stonechild case

The Saskatchewan Police Commission has dismissed the appeals of two Saskatoon officers fired after the freezing death of aboriginal teen Neil Stonechild.

The Saskatchewan Police Commission has dismissed the appeals of two Saskatoon officers fired after the freezing death of aboriginal teen Neil Stonechild.

Constables Larry Hartwig and Brad Senger were dismissed from their jobs in November 2004 after an inquiry into Stonechild's death ruled the officers had the 17-year-old in their patrol car the last night he was seen alive.

Hartwig and Senger have always denied they saw Stonechild that night in November 1990.

The commission ruled it was reasonable to conclude Stonechild was in the custody of the two officers. 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.

The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal earlier rejected a bid to overturn the findings of the public inquiry.

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