SIU Lays Charges Against OPP, London Police in Death of First Nations Woman

Debra Chrisjohn. (Facebook)

Officers involved in woman’s death still on active duty 

By Black Powder | RPM Staff, July 13, 2017

Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has laid charges against two police officers in the 2016 death of Debra Chrisjohn a member of the Oneida Nation of the Thames.

In a release from the SIU, charges were laid against Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Const. Mark McKillop, and London Police Service (LPS) Const. Nicholas Doering for criminal negligence causing death and failing to provide the necessaries of life.

On the afternoon of Sept. 7, 2016, police were called to Trafalgar Street and Highbury Avenue North in the east end of London.

According to CBC News, the SIU said there were reports of a woman obstructing traffic at the intersection.

Chrisjohn, 39, was arrested by London police and then transferred to the Elgin County OPP detachment on an outstanding warrant.

Paramedics took Chrisjohn to St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital at 7:52 p.m. She was pronounced dead almost an hour later.

Both officers are still on active duty.

OPP say McKillop is on active duty with the force, while Doering is carrying out administrative duties with the London police.

The officers are ordered to appear in Ontario Court on July 31.

The SIU is an arm’s length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault.