It would appear violence has been on the rise in the city following a string of random separate attacks.
Since Friday, Dec. 11th, Toronto has seen six shootings and nine stabbings, three of the incidents fatal. Over a dozen have been hospitalized, some in critical condition.
City Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti suggested Tuesday that the army intervene on the recent violence in the city.
“ISIS isn’t the only thing we have to worry about in terms of terrorism. We have our own and they’re called drug dealers… We have a well-established federal reserve, an army perhaps, that can come in and help police. They have more tools than a police department has to be able to track people down and treat them as the terrorist that they are.”
Speaking to AM640’s Lorne Honickman, the Ward 7 Councillor specified what he meant, saying his army suggestion was “taken out of context.”
“I’m talking about utilizing the tools at a federal level, the intelligence tools, that are able to tap into the network that our gangs have immediately. And also the laws, federal laws give certain access to our federal police department.”
Mayor John Tory hasn’t spoken publicly about the violence, but he tweeted that he was “concerned” about the recent violence, but he has full confidence in local police to handle the crimes.
Very concerned about recent violence in our city. The @TorontoPolice and our Chief have my full confidence as they investigate these crimes.
— John Tory (@JohnTory) December 16, 2015
On Sunday, police Chief Mark Saunders called the recent rash in violence a “blip” and called Toronto “One of the, if not the safest city in North America.”