Canada Toronto police officers charged with misconduct in Tess Richey investigation

19:37  12 june  2018
19:37  12 june  2018 Source:   thestar.com

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Toronto police have arrested a man in the death of 22-year old Tess Richey . Kalen Schlatter has been charged with second-degree murder. Richey ’s disappearance is the subject of a police professional standards investigation into potential misconduct .

Colin Perkel Canadian Press. Toronto Police /Find Tess Richey /Facebook. Toronto police have said its Professional Standards Unit, which responds to allegations of officer misconduct , was looking at how the investigation was handled before Richey was found dead in the alley, which quickly


Two Toronto police officers are facing disciplinary charges for allegedly failing to properly investigate the disappearance of murder victim Tess Richey.

Tess Richey was reported missing on Nov. 25, 2017 after having last been seen around 3 a.m. that morning. Her body was found four days later, just a short distance from where she was last seen at Church and Wellesley Sts.© Carlos Osorio Tess Richey was reported missing on Nov. 25, 2017 after having last been seen around 3 a.m. that morning. Her body was found four days later, just a short distance from where she was last seen at Church and Wellesley Sts.

Const. Alan McCullough and Const. Michael Jones made a brief first appearance before a police tribunal at Toronto police headquarters on Tuesday morning.

The officers were working the day shift together on Nov. 26, 2017 when they received “a radio call to attend an address in relation to a check address,” according to the notice of hearing issued under the Police Services Act.

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(Submitted by Rachel Richey ). Toronto police have launched an investigation into how officers handled the disappearance and death of a young woman in the city's The professional standards unit is obligated to investigate complaints of misconduct under Ontario's Police Services Act.

A family member had been reported Richey, 22, missing the previous day.

Her body was found by her mother on Nov. 29 in an alleyway outside an building near Church and Wellesley Sts., approximately 40 metres northeast of the address the officers attended.

“While on the scene, you learned this location was the last known location where T.R. had been seen,” reads the notice of hearing detailing the charges alleging misconduct and neglect of duty.

“You did not search the adjoining property or immediate area thoroughly. You did not conduct a canvass of the neighbours. You failed to notify a supervisory officer of all the particulars. Your actions were in contravention of Toronto Police Service Procedure 04-05 ‘Missing Persons.’”

Richey was killed by neck compression, according to a post mortem examination. Kalen Schlatter, 21, was arrested Feb. 4 and charged with second-degree murder, a charge which was later upgraded to first-degree murder.

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When asked about that investigation , Gibson said he could not comment but noted that his team in on “good terms” with Richey ’s family. 5, 2018, Toronto police charged Schlatter in connection with Tess Richey 's death.

Toronto police Staff Sgt. Shane Branton, of the professional standards unit, told the tribunal Tuesday he has been in contact with the prosecutor handling the Schlatter case, which is in its early stages.

The prosecutor has asked the Police Act matter be adjourned sine die, which means without appointing a next appearance date.

“The circumstances surrounding the alleged misconduct involve a very serious matter before the criminal courts,” Branton said. Proceeding before it is resolved will have a “negative affect on this serious prosecution,” he added quoting from a letter written by the Crown attorney and submitted to the tribunal.

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