Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatoon Police Cleared in Starlight Tour Complaint: Chief Troy Cooper

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatoon Police Cleared in Starlight Tour Complaint: Chief Troy Cooper

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Saskatoon police cleared in starlight tour complaint

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Saskatoon police say they have been cleared of wrongdoing after an Indigenous man accused officers of driving him out of the city limits and leaving him to walk home.

Ken Thomas filed an allegation with the Provincial Complaints Commission, an independent body that oversees complaints against police.

He says police took him into custody on April 21 outside a bar, saying he matched a suspect's description, and dropped him off outside city limits.

Thomas's accusation contained echoes of an ugly chapter in the history of the Saskatoon police around what came to be known as "starlight tours."

Two officers went to jail for eight months after being found to have driven an Indigenous man outside the city limits in 2000, leaving him to walk home. …

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