Toronto police service

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Police oversight report will lay out blueprint for change

06 Avril 2017

It’s been nearly a year in the making, coming after hundreds of conversations and written submissions, 130 private meetings, and 18 public consultations held across the province.

Now, the authors of a much-anticipated report on police oversight in Ontario — a 263-page document to be released Thursday, making 129 recommendations — hope it all adds up to change.

Danielle Robitaille, senior counsel with the government-commissioned Independent Police Oversight Review, led by Ontario Court of Appeal Justice Michael Tulloch, said the team was “very serious” about crafting recommendations from the ground up, in order to reflect the concerns and demands of differing communities.

Should all police officers involved in fatal shootings be identified?

03 Avril 2017

It has been the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s policy for decades.

Within 48 hours of a fatal incident involving police, the department releases the name, age, tenure and division of all officers involved in the use of deadly force. A press conference follows after the 72-hour mark, where any relevant footage from body cameras is released.

“It’s all regimented. It’s all given on the same timeline to everybody,” Las Vegas public information officer Larry Hadfield told the Star.

There is “no pushback” from front-line officers because they don’t know any other option, he said.

“We’ve always named the officers involved in shootings because the use of deadly force is the most scrutinized thing that a police officer does in the line of duty.”

Man, 31, dies after Toronto police use stun gun on him

10 Novembre 2016

The province's civilian police watchdog is investigating after a 31-year-old Toronto man died after an "interaction" with Toronto police involving a conducted energy weapon in a quiet neighbourhood in the city's west end.

It began after police received a 911 call from a home on Sagres Crescent in the St. Clair Avenue and Old Weston Road Area on Friday afternoon, Special Investigations Unit spokesperson Jason Gennaro told reporters Friday.

Death of Eric Osawe was accidental: coroner's inquest

23 Septembre 2016

A coroner’s inquest into the 2010 death of Eric Osawe has determined the bullet that killed the 26-year-old was fired accidentally from the gun of Toronto cop David Cavanagh — the same conclusion previously made by an Ontario court judge.

Questions linger over steep cost of police body cameras

19 Septembre 2016

Money: it’s the “major challenge” highlighted in a Toronto Police Service report recommending body cameras for front-line officers. How will the force find the money to pay for the program and keep it afloat?

The report, released Thursday after a year-long pilot project, calls for equipping roughly 3,200 cops with body cams. But that would cost about $85 million over 10 years, which strikes some as too steep, given that a mayor-approved task force is currently looking for ways to trim $100 million from the $1-billion-plus annual police budget over three years.

Family ‘shattered’ after man shot by Toronto police, inquest hears

13 Septembre 2016

The family of Eric Osawe has been “shattered into pieces” since the 26-year-old man was fatally shot by police during an early morning raid in 2010, a coroner’s court heard Monday.

Nearly six years after Osawe was shot once in the back at close range by Toronto police Const. David Cavanagh, a mandatory coroner’s inquest began probing the circumstances of his death inside his west-end Toronto apartment — a fatal shooting an Ontario court judge deemed accidental.

Le policier de Toronto James Forcillo condamné à 6 ans de prison

28 Juillet 2016

L'agent James Forcillo, reconnu coupable il y a 6 mois de tentative de meurtre après avoir abattu Sammy Yatim en 2013 alors qu'il brandissait un couteau dans un tramway à Toronto, écope d'une peine de 6 ans de prison.

Le policier a été emmené les menottes aux poignets en cellule au sous-sol du tribunal, jeudi matin. Mais son avocat demandera sa libération sous caution, en attendant son appel.

Le juge Edward Then, qui présidait la cause, avait rejeté plus tôt en matinée l'argument de la défense qui contestait la constitutionnalité de la peine minimum obligatoire de 5 ans dans les cas de tentative de meurtre.

SIU charge Toronto Police officer with criminal negligence causing death

27 Juin 2016

The province’s police watchdog has charged a Toronto cop over his unspecified involvement with a suicidal man in High Park last winter.

In a news release Thursday, the Special Investigations Unit announced that, after a recently completed inquiry, Toronto police Const. Kyle Upjohn has been charged with criminal negligence causing death, and failing to provide the necessities of life.

The SIU statement said police were contacted around 2 p.m. on Feb. 2, regarding a suicide attempt by a 19-year-old man inside the west-end park. By 3:30 p.m., the SIU wrote, the 19-year-old was pronounced dead.

No other details were provided. The deceased man’s name has never been released and is unknown to the Star.

Police document details gang sex assault allegations against cops

15 Juin 2016

Three Toronto police officers are accused of sexually assaulting a female colleague in a downtown hotel room while she was too intoxicated to consent and slipping in and out of consciousness, according to new details in a court document released Tuesday.

G20 protester allowed to appeal controversial penalty handed to cop

13 Juin 2016

The protester beaten with a police baton in one of the most infamous cases of G20 police misconduct will be allowed to appeal a controversial disciplinary penalty handed to the officer convicted in the case.

Adam Nobody had wanted to see Const. Babak Andalib-Goortani dismissed at a Toronto police disciplinary hearing last year, where the officer faced a misconduct charge after being criminally convicted for assaulting Nobody with a weapon.

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