London, Ont., police officer found guilty in death of Indigenous woman

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LONDON, Ont. — A southern Ontario police officer has been found guilty of criminal negligence causing the death of an Indigenous woman.

Ontario Superior Court Justice Renee Pomerance handed down the verdict against Const. Nicholas Doering, an officer with the police force in London, Ont., this afternoon.

Pomerance also found Doering guilty of failing to provide the necessaries of life to Debra Chrisjohn in the hours before her death related to a drug overdose in September 2016.

The trial focused on Doering’s interactions with her after he arrested her before she was transferred to the custody of provincial police, where she was wanted on an outstanding warrant.

Pomerance’s decision says Doering showed a reckless disregard for Chrisjohn’s life.

The London Police Service says Doering is still working for the force and says it will review Pomerance’s decision before making future decisions about his job status.

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