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The Saskatoon Police Service said they cannot let unsubstantiated claims of “starlight tours” stand uninvestigated

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Compiled by Debora Steel
Volume: 
30
Issue: 
11
Year: 
2013

The Saskatoon Police Service said they cannot let unsubstantiated claims of “starlight tours” stand unchallenged or uninvestigated. The service is calling on the man who leveled an allegation against, them to come forward. He claimed that he had recently been taken on one of the infamous tours, driven outside the city and forced to walk home in freezing temperatures. The 19-year-old man has not filed a formal complaint, but Police Chief Clive Weighill said “We want to try and put the pieces together to find out if this is a legitimate complaint or not.” Weighill said it is a serious claim to make, given the history of the force. “We can’t just sit by and let people drop a bomb on Facebook and have them walk away from that.” The police said a review of all in-car camera video from patrol and traffic units during the time alleged uncovered no evidence that the man was ever inside any of the units. The in-car video is activated when the back door of a patrol car is opened, Weighill said. “Social media is a great outlet for people and we use it ourselves, but to make these allegations on Facebook and walk away, anybody can say anything,” Weighill said. “Unfortunately, an allegation like this in Saskatoon means a lot. That’s why we’ve taken strides to have the GPS and the cameras in the car, so that if an allegation comes forward we can look into it.”

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