The last week or so hasn’t been kind to the Toronto Police Service.
On January 15, Deputy Police Chief Peter Sloly criticized the city’s police force and its budget while speaking at a MaRS Discovery District event.
Earlier this week, Constable James Forcillo was found guilty of attempt murder in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Sammy Yatim.
Wednesday brought non-criminal charges against Constable Tash Baiati, who unloaded 15 rounds into the engine of a car involved in a chase through the Distillery District.
Thursday presented yet another surprise. Four veteran officers where hit with several charges of obstruction of justice and perjury. It’s alleged that they planted evidence in known drug dealer Nguyen Son Tran’s car to allow them access to his vehicle, which led to his arrest. Those charges were dropped when the judge decided that the cops were lying.
Tran’s lawyer, Kim Schofield, said these latest allegations are part of a larger problem with the police force.
“I don’t think that this is a single and isolated occurrence,” she told Global News.
Many members of the public feel the same way.
Do you think there’s a widespread problem with the Toronto Police Service? Are these issues just the tip of the iceberg? Why is the public so quick to go on the attack when a cop is alleged to have bent the rules or broken the law?
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