When a police officer suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or mental illness takes their own life, should their name be added to the Toronto Police Memorial Wall?
The Ontario Human Rights Tribunal has filed a claim that alleges the Toronto Police Service discriminates against those men and women who take that path by not acknowledging their names on the either the wall at the Toronto Police College or the Honour Roll wall at headquarters.
New Human Rights Commissioner Renu Mandhane said in an interview that not including these names makes it appear as though those officers are “not as important or seen in the same light as physical injuries.”
The claim before the tribunal was sparked by the suicide of Toronto police Staff Sgt. Edward Adamson, who witnessed the shooting death of his comrade Constable Michael Sweet in 1980. His family asked Toronto police to add his name to the wall, but the force refused.
At least one caller to The Oakley Show this morning feels that adding suicides to the Memorial Walls would glorify suicide. Listen below. What do you think? Would adding these names be appropriate? Would it disgrace those officers who lost their lives during active duty?