Archive for the ‘Policing & Justice-Related Issues’ Category

Ontario To “Equity Hire” Members Of The Judiciary In Future

Saturday, August 12th, 2017

“Re ‘Ontario judicial applicants invited to self-identify’ (Cdn. Press, August 11): The last thing we need is judicial ‘equity hires’ who will be able to play race and politics on the bench… And now the ultimate boundary – the very interpretation and maintenance of the system of laws which holds our society together – is to be given to the ‘culturally diverse’ while better-qualified White people are kicked into the gutter? I don’t think it will take long before we see astonishing anti-police and other precedents emanating from our courts which it will be ‘politically incorrect’ to overturn…”

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Animal Sacrifices and Political Concerns…

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

“Councillor Maurice Brenner hasn’t the faintest idea of how this came about, as he wasn’t there, yet he blindly assumes that animal sacrifice wasn’t the motive because ‘religious groups that slaughter animals for food do not waste a body, and would not leave it lying on a beach’. I think we can safely rule out ‘food’ as a motive in this case… As sounds of drumming have been reported in the area, and as Santeria is described as an ‘Afro-American religion of Caribbean origin’, I perceive a distinct possibility that we could be in for a rough ride in the near future on the matter of animal rights. We definitely have a say in where these activities can be carried out, but we might not be able to prevent them.”

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Toronto Police will now concentrate on “priority calls” only

Saturday, December 17th, 2016

“Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders says recommendations made earlier this year by the Transformational Task Force – aimed at modernizing the service – should start to be implemented by the end of January… Among the changes, officers will focus on priority calls rather than be bogged down by incidents where they are not needed and they will be ‘connected’ via electronic memo books, he explained… So far this year, there has been a 41% increase in shooting occurrences in the city from 2015, murders are up 25% and gun deaths have jumped 52%.” (Emphasis added).

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Black Crime – Greater Toronto Area – July 30th, 2016

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

Black crime in Toronto and the Eastern GTA – ten items in total…

Toronto: Black arrested on three sexual assault charges including one in Vaughan

Ajax: Black pushes woman to the ground, runs away when she screams

Toronto: Black faces three sexual assault charges, including one on a three-month-old girl

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“Judicial activism” used to create damaging precedents

Saturday, June 11th, 2016

“(But) instead of sending Reid to jail for six to 12 months – the sentence sought by the Crown for three counts of trafficking in crack cocaine and one count of possession of the proceeds of crime – (Judge Ed) Morgan recently handed down what’s known as a conditional sentence, more commonly known as house arrest… Morgan explains that he considered both Reid’s personal circumstances and societal forces – including anti-black racism and the over-incarceration of people from the black community.” (Emphasis added).

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Random Quotations – January 27th, 2016

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Five observations on Const. James Forcillo’s attempted murder conviction in the Sammy Yatim shooting death…

All emphasis added by me – JG.

“Six seconds later, with Yatim now crumpled to the ground on that same streetcar, still clutching the knife but with his spine severed and mortally wounded, the jury had no doubts about Forcillo’s intention when he fired a second volley of shots… he was trying to kill Sammy Yatim.” – Toronto Sun, “Jury knew what Forcillo was trying to do with second volley of shots” – Jan. 25th.

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An ‘illogical’ verdict – National Post letter

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

The National Post has now published my letter to them, and I am waiting to see if the Sun, Star and Globe will publish my letters to them as well. I am very annoyed about this issue, and anxious to get my point of view across to as many people as possible. Here is the NP letter, which has been edited slightly:

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Basing a verdict purely on happenstance – the Forcillo case

Monday, January 25th, 2016

“Whether it was the first or the second volley that killed Yatim, or if either volley would have killed him, what possible difference could there be to the degree of Forcillo’s guilt in the sense of what he did?”

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Cop guilty of “attempted” murder in killing of teenager

Monday, January 25th, 2016

“A Toronto police officer has been found guilty of attempted murder in the 2013 shooting death of a troubled teen on an empty streetcar, an incident that sparked public outrage and street protests in the city… After six days of deliberations, the 11-member jury cleared Const. James Forcillo of the more serious charge of second-degree murder in the death of 18-year-old Sammy Yatim in July 2013” – National Post, Jan. 25th (*).

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Courts: Do bizarre rulings indicate ideological power-play?

Sunday, October 25th, 2015

“(But) I expect judges to make the determination using reasonable criteria, based on the facts before the court… the court created or made-up a fact situation and tested the minimum sentence against the made-up facts.” – Alan Shanoff, Toronto Sun.

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