New Light On Saskatoon’s ‘Starlight Tours’

And this is why we don’t like the police…

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Saskatoon Police patrol 20th Street and Avenue D in the Riversdale neighbourhood of Saskatoon. (Photograph by Derek Mortensen) Saskatoon Police patrol 20th Street and Avenue D in the Riversdale neighbourhood of Saskatoon. (Photograph by Derek Mortensen)

Macleans.ca‎, April 8, 2016

An attempt to erase reference to the deadly practice from the police force’s Wikipedia page stirs up dark memories, and new questions

On Jan. 28, 2000, two police officers drove Darrell Night five kilometres outside of Saskatoon and abandoned him in -22° C weather with just a T-shirt and jean jacket on his back. The incident was part of a series of “starlight tours,” a practice in which officers were said to have picked up drunk or rowdy people like Night, at night, and dropped them off in the dead of winter.

At least three Indigenous people in Saskatoon are suspected to have died this way, beginning with 17-year-old Neil Stonechild in 1990.

Although Night survived, he moved to British Columbia and has never returned. “In Saskatoon I found…

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