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London, Ont. police officer convicted in death of Indigenous woman

An officer with the London, Ont., police force will be spending 12 months behind bars for the role he played in the death of an Indigenous woman.

Const. Nicholas Doering was found guilty last year of failing to provide the necessaries of life and criminal negligence causing the 2016 death of Debra Chrisjohn.

In handing down her verdict, Justice Renee Pomerance found Doering was influenced by stereotypes about drug users when he failed to secure medical help for Chrisjohn following what proved to be a fatal overdose.

Pomerance’s sentence of 12 months jail time falls in between the demands of prosecutors, who sought up to two years of detention, and the conditional sentence sought by Doering’s lawyers.

The London Police Service says it’s aware of the sentence and is reviewing its next steps.

Doering’s lawyer says his client has launched an appeal of his convictions.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 21, 2020.

The Canadian Press

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