Toronto Police Association president Mike McCormack has released a letter to his 7000 members, urging them to take precautions after the province, city council and Toronto Police Services Board suggested a “systemic problem” of racism within Toronto police. He explains, “It’s not true and it’s not acceptable to suggest it”. There are no facts to support this claim, and the only times where racism was a factor are isolated incidents, such as the case with Andrew Loku. He warned the members to take “all precautions” to avoid “exposing” themselves to “undue jeopardy.”
The view of Toronto police being anti-racist has been ongoing, and the strongly-worded letter was in reaction to this. One recent and clear example was Premier Kathleen Wynne’s speech to the Black Lives Matter protest which took place last week, where she explained that the “systemic problem” exists. She clarified it was not to do with Toronto Police, but it was suspicious as the protesters had been spending two weeks at police headquarters.
McCormack is concerned because handcuffing police in this way makes it dangerous for everyone else and there is a problem when the police are not backed up by the city and province. The letter serves as a way to protect the public and the police.