The Toronto Police are totally out of control

“The police have time and again demonstrated that they are utterly incapable of policing themselves, and it is clear that only strong legislation with sharp teeth will put a stop to such abuses.”

I sometimes wonder why I bother to write about this issue, it seems that anybody trying to draw attention to police abuses and get some improvements made is just bashing their head against a brick wall.

The Toronto Police in particular are notorious for not co-operating with the Province’s Special Investigations Unit, that looks into cases of death and injury caused by the police, to the extent that they don’t always report such incidents despite the requirement to do so.

In the Costain case, police officers have been accused of outright dishonesty by a judge who rejected their testimony, and the SIU has said that they only became aware of the incident through media reports.  And Costain’s lawyer says that police officers followed her around and photographed her in an intimidating manner, inside the court building itself.

And, in a rather bizarre stretch of the imagination, the police have even claimed that they turned their in-cruiser cameras off ‘to conserve energy’.

I appeared and gave evidence at the G20 Inquiry, departing from my prepared speech to ask what is the point of having a Special Investigations Unit if police forces can routinely disregard it, ignore correspondence, and there is no way to enforce co-operation.

And now, long after the event, Chief Blair is going to have an “investigation” made into this matter?

Dear God, what a waste of time and effort.  The police have time and again demonstrated that they are utterly incapable of policing themselves, and it is clear that only strong legislation with sharp teeth will put a stop to such abuses.

Below are some links to background information for those who are interested.

When conservatively-minded seniors like me begin the regard the police as the enemy, something is very badly wrong.

Jeff Goodall.

See recent Toronto Sun articles on the Costain case here and here.

See also my post “Ontario police allowed to run roughshod over civilian oversight” (Dec. 2011) here, and my archive for the “Toronto Police: G-20 Riots & Beyond” category here.

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