“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).
Archive for the ‘Policing & Justice-Related Issues’ Category
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
“(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).
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.
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:
“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?”
“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 (*).
“(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.
Racial aspect likely involved…
“He had a firearm to protect… um, he also had his life to protect and the life of others in that McDonald’s because who knows what would (could?) have happened…” – Selwyn Pieters, lawyer. (1)
Toronto: Sentences “extended” on corruption, extortion and assault convictions of drug squad officers
Ontario: Ontario Provincial Police Association brass charged under by-laws regarding “a sophisticated financial scheme… to deceive and profit from members” following RCMP raid
Canada: Huffington Post review of police brutality (Sept. 2013)
Canada: RCMP officer convicted of perjury in Vancouver Airport Taser death