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Police sergeant charged

TORONTO - The SIU alleges that Sgt. Christopher Heard drove a woman home in his police cruiser.  On the way to her residence, the SIU alleges that Heard sexually assaulted the woman in the police car.  (CBC)

 

Drug bust

TORONTO - A cleverly hidden compartment inside a pickup truck wasn't enough to keep cops from finding a massive stash of cocaine - larger than anything the Toronto drug squad has ever seized before.   (Sun Media)

   

Cases often handled in secret

TORONTO - Under this system, the misbehaving officers do not face public hearings and their names are not released. Often times, their misconduct is also kept secret.  And, after two years of good behaviour, the misconduct must be scrubbed from the offending officer's employment record, according to the Police Services Act, which governs policing in Ontario.  (Toronto Star) 

 

Cop charged with assault

TORONTO -  During the arrest, the 24-year-old driver of the vehicle suffered a fracture to the bone around his right eye.  SIU says an investigation found reasonable grounds to believe the officer committed a criminal offence.  Sgt Darren Worth has been charged with one count of assault causing bodily harm.  (CTV)

 

Officers charged

TORONTO - 4 Toronto police officers have been arrested and charged with obstructing justice and perjury.  Const Jeffrey Tout, Det Const. Fraser Douglas and major crimes officers Det  Const Benjamin Elliot and Sgt Michael Taylor from 55 Division all presented differing versions of what happened during a traffic stop in January 2014.  (Toronto Star)    More charges  

 

Club sues

TORONTO - The Comfort Zone, an after-hours music club, is suing the Toronto Police Services Board and former chief Bill Blair for $23M, alleging 'abuse of power' and claiming police tried to push the club out of business.  (Toronto Star) 

   

Police dog recovering

TORONTO - Officers deployed Lonca and the man subsequently 'chopped' at the dog's neck.  As a result of the cuts, he received multiple stitches. Phuoc Dang, 56, of Toronto is charged.  (Toronto Star)   MORE:   Hacked with machete   Police dog attacked 

  

Man dies in hospital

TORONTO - Rodrigo Hector Almonacid Gonzalez, 43, died in hospital after police were called to his west-end apartment building shortly after midnight on Nov. 6.    (CTV) 

 

No charges

TORONTO - The SIU said there are 'no reasonable grounds' to charge a Toronto police officer in relation to a shooting on Feb 18.  David Andrew Doucette, 49, was fatally shot at 140 Spadina Rd at approximately 9:15pm.  The SIU outlined what is believed to have happened that night.   (CTV) 

  

Toronto's guns  

TORONTO - As of July 10, there have been 83 people killed or injured in shootings this year, up from 53 in July 2014.   (CTV)

   

Man shot by police

TORONTO - The 40-year-old man, a store employee, was shot twice in the abdomen near the Agincourt Mall.  Police were dispatched to the store after receiving a call about a man cutting his own wrists and throat with a large butcher knife.  (Toronto Star) 

 

No grounds to charge officers

TORONTO - Ontario's police watchdog has concluded there are no reasonable grounds to charge any Toronto police officer with a criminal offence in the shooting of a 34-year-old man late last year.    (CP)   

Police shooting

TORONTO - The attempted robbery happened shortly after 7am at the TD Canada Trust near The Queensway and Kipling Ave.  One suspect managed to get away, while the other came face-to-face with police in the bank's parking lot, and was shot by police.  (CBC)     MORE:   SIU investigating

 

Car fleeing police

TORONTO - The province's SIU is investigating after a construction worker was struck and killed by a vehicle that was being pursued by police.  (CTV)   MORE:   Hit-and-run   Construction worker killed    Car flees police 

 

Sex assault allegations

TORONTO - 3 Toronto police officers are accused of sexually assaulting a female colleague in a downtown hotel room while she was too intoxicated to consent.   (Toronto Star)   MORE:   Stop, she's out   

 

Officer charged

TORONTO - The incident occurred of Wed, Sept 16.  Edward Michael Skotnicki, 60, had allegedly stolen a car near the intersection of Bond and Shuter streets and was being pursued by two police cruisers.   Officers at the scene discharged their weapons a total of 15 times after Skotnicki allegedly tried to hit one of them with the vehicle.  Head of the Toronto Police Association confirmed that Const Tash Baiati has been charged under Police Services Act in connection with the shooting.  (CTV)  

  

SIU investigating

TORONTO - At approximately 11am, police returned based on a call that a man had barricaded himself in an apartment.  Inside the house they found a 32-year-old man. The SIU says the man was pronounced dead at the scene.  (Toronto Star) 

  

Police shooting

TORONTO - Police said a man had stolen a car and was being pursued by cruisers.  Officers fired their weapons a total of 15 times, after the man in the vehicle allegedly tried to run one of them over.  None of the bullets hit the suspect.  Edward Michael Skotnicki, 60, had been charged   (CTV)

 

Police shooting

TORONTO - The agency says a 45-year-old woman was shot during 'an interaction' with the officers and was taken to hospital with unspecified injuries.  (CP)  

 

Man suing police

TORONTO - In his unproven statement of claim, Santokh Bola, 21, says he suffered serious injuries.  The incident in a west-end parking lot on Nov 1 was caught on video by a bystander. (CP) 

  

SIU investigating  

TORONTO - Police responded to calls about a man wielding a hammer at an apartment building on Gilbert Ave just after midnight.  SIU has identified the man as Andrew Loku, 45, from Toronto.  (CTV)   MORE:   Disturbed man   SIU investigating  

  

SIU clears officers

TORONTO - Ontario's SIU has cleared 2 Toronto police officers in the downtown shooting death of a man in 2013.  The daylight standoff occurred shortly after noon on Nov. 13 in the area of Sherbourne and Wellesley streets, after police officers attempted to execute an outstanding arrest warrant for the man.  (CBC)

 

Police shooting

TORONTO - The SIU has been called after a 34-year-old man suffered life-threatening injuries when he was shot by police.  Police initially received a call around 8:30am about an armed holdup at a Sherbourne St convenience store near Howard St.   (Toronto Star)

  

Probation

TORONTO - Const. Gary Gould, 33, was given 6 months' probation and ordered to pay a $50 fine for a December 2013 incident in which he assaulted a man who had been arrested, handcuffed behind his back and put in the rear seat of a police cruiser.  (Toronto Star)

Review of SIU

TORONTO - Ontario's SIU will come under an independent review along with the province's 2 other police oversight agencies, the Ministry of the Attorney General announced.   (CTV)

15-TFD-140   .pdf

Appointed praised

Secrecy for the sake of secrecy

Social justice warriors stifling free speech

 Turning street protests into political influence

   

Effects of body cameras

A recent study by Temple University researchers found that wearing body cameras was actually associated with a 3.64% increase in fatal shootings of civilians by police officers.  The study suggests that police officers are actually more likely to pull the trigger if they have video evidence to support their use of force  (Zero Hedge) 

Effects on fatal showing of civilians by police 

TPS body cams

Body cams

Body camera project

Test project   

TPS body cams test project 

Body cameras flagged

BWV 

Guidance for the use of body-worn cameras

   

Stepping down 

TORONTO - Alok Mukherjee, chair of the Toronto Police Services Board, is stepping down after a decade on the board.  He announced his resignation at a meeting board Thursday morning.  (CBC)

Chair stepping down

Alok Mukherjee 

Police board chair regrets

Toronto Police Services Board

Board to review moonlighting

Rent-a-cop raise

Paid duty price hike

Officers intimidated organizers

Chief gets nod on force review

Commissioner slams surveillance

Off-duty police work

Paid duty

Things to know about police paid duty

   

Police cost report

TORONTO - A task force report recommending dramatic changes to rein in the Toronto Police Service's $1B budget will include controversial calls to freeze both promotions and new hiring for 3 years, reduce the number of police stations and outsource parking enforcement.   (Globe & Mail)  

Police union balks 

Influence wanes

Toronto Police Association

Mike McCormack

New police chief

Mark Saunders

Bill Blair  

Hefty payout

Blair out

Contract not renewed

A better idea than photo radar

Police layoffs considered

Chief defends wage increases 

Price of police reports to go up

Police raked in bonuses, OT

Sunny days for police pay  

City budget passed

How firefighters beat politicians    

City council approves status quo   

TPS cost over $1B a year  

Toronto Police Association

Mike McCormack

Police face transformation  

Peter Sloly  

Deputy resigns  

Suggestion causes outrage

Push for change  

No 'quick fixes'

Pay still outpacing inflation 

Board buries report 

Cashing in

Paid police gigs face city review  

ONís $100K+ sunshine list

TPS budget headed to $1B

TPS seeks $41M budget increase

There's a limit

Proposed savings could be costly

Police face budget cut  

Defiant chief  

Chief balks at budget cuts  

Not in this town 

Police on Sunshine List  

TPS top earners

TPS wage alarm

Tentative union deal for TPS officers

   

Policy fight

TORONTO - The Ontario Human Rights Commission  has filed a claim to the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, alleging the Toronto force is discriminating against officers who develop PTSD then take their own lives, because their deaths are not recorded on the Toronto Police Memorial Wall.  (Toronto Star)

Memorial

John Zivcic  

Memorial service

Thousands turn out

Officer dies

Const. dies

NCR

Ryan Russell   

What does NCR mean for Kachkar

Verdict prompts swift reaction

Officer killed

Fundraising probe

Internal affairs seeks cash   

Officer killed in crash

Cop dies in crash

Cop shooter sentenced

Officer hit by car

Gun malfunctions

Officer dies 

Cop struggles

Police dip into victims' cash 

Cop pleads guilty

TORONTO - Tash Baiati, a Toronto officer since 2009, is guilty of insubordination in connection a Sept. 16, 2015 incident, in which he opened fire into the hood of a stolen silver sedan near Parliament St. and Mill St.  Firing a gun at a car solely to disable it is contrary to TPS firearms procedure.  (Toronto star)

Police shooting update

Police fatally shoot man 

Police shooting

Police working together

Ian Scott 

SIU chief unfazed

SIU

SIU investigations on the rise

Police shooting

SIU investigating  

Death an accident   

Charles McGillivary 

Shot after police respond 

SIU investigating

No charges

Officers charged

SIU probing gunfire death 

Double shooting

Seeking to ID'd

Identified

Man held real or replica gun  

Police involved shooting

Officers cleared

No charges 

Man dead after standoff

SIU investigating 

SIU called in

Man dies in police custody   

Police shooting

SIU investigating  

SIU clears police

Dueling releases 

No charges

Man identified

Man shot

Resolution in works 

Police ignore SIU

Police rarely co-operate

Parade route shooting  

SIU probes shooting death  

Victim poster boy for gun violence 

Police shooting    

New rules urged for SIU probes

New restrictions

SIU finds no wrongdoing

Police shooting

Shooting timeline

SIU called in

Shot man identified

Man dies after arrest

Aspiring rapper

Cop cleared

Cop disciplined

Police cleared

Police cleared

Death of disabled son

Police cleared

Shooting victims identified

Secrecy leaves public in the dark

SIU investigating

Shooting

Charges laid

SIU called in

Man shot, woman stabbed

Cop charged 

SIU clears officer

SIU call in

Falling death

SIU investigating

Man shot dead   

Man buried

SIU investigating

Man shot

Police car kills pedestrian

Woman struck by police vehicle

Funeral procession death  

Scene suggest shootout

2 shot in takedown  

Police cleared in shooting

Police shooting  

Police shooting

Police charged

Officer cleared is charged again

Man says cops shot him

Ombudsman slams SIU bias

SIU clears police

Don't shoot at police

Cop charged in attack on cyclist

Cops, cons and 'whack jobs'

Man shot by police

Man shot by police dies in hospital

Two injured in police chase

SIU probing fatal police car chase 

Guilty officer gets 'vacation'

Jury acquits officer 

Guilty of attempted murder

TORONTO - A jury has found Toronto police Const James Forcillo guilty of attempted murder in the 2013 shooting death of Sammy Yatim.  (CBC)

5 years 

Verdict analyzed

'Compromise' verdict

How Forcillo was convicted

Prosecution's strategy worked

Police involved shooting

SIU called in  

We all have a stake in police officers' morale

Body cameras and Tasers

Innovative recommendations

Taser support a delicious irony

Gonzalez family sues 

Officers cleared 

Officer charged 

Police shooting

Man shot by police

SIU investigation

Man with a knife 

Officer to stand trial  

Didn't shoot in anger 

Officers at a disadvantage  

Rules for lethal force

Officer had use of force training

Deadly force:  when, how    

TTC surveillance video

Jury sees video

Audio recording

Final 50 seconds in slow motion

Trial begins for cop charged in death

Opening arguments 

Frank Iacobucci

Cop charged

Lethal force report  

4 officers fired guns

More Tasers

'She was trying to kill me'

Inquest hears from witnesses

Officers' reality

More instruction not the answer

Cops' reactions based on threat  

Man shot by police

Use of force review

Death of Sammy Yatim

Police shooting 

Jury recommends de-escalation

Chief defends use of force

Didn't appear dangerous

Questions grow about shooting 

Shooting

Presumption of innocence

Wider use of Tasers 

Chief slammed by SIU head

Latest dispute

Officer in court

Officer charged

Why officer was charged

Portrait of an officer

Shot 8 times

Chief 'not privy to' any report

Officer identified

Watchdog says co-operation rare

Ombudsman orders assessment 

Police shooting

Fatal shooting

Police involved shooting 

No officer wants to use deadly force

Charge perplexes defence bar

Police confront the mentally ill

Officer suspended

Audio of warning

Video not whole story

Vigil and march draws hundreds 

Will body worn CCTV help?

Ex-cop and psychologist weigh in

People are watching

Police shooting

SIU probes fatal shooting

Shooting 'escalated very quickly' 

Police shooting

Man identified   

   

New charge

TORONTO - A Toronto cop accused of negligence causing death in a man's suicide at High Park last winter was hit with a new charge.  Const Kyle Upjohn, 33, was charged with breach of trust in connection to a man's death at the west end park on Feb 2.  He was also charged by Ontario's police watchdog in June with criminal negligence causing death and failing to provide the necessaries of life.  (Toronto Star)

Officers sue 

Officer charged

Murder charges dropped

Officer charged

No charges for TPS officer who struck jaywalker

3 officers suspended

Allegations need independent investigation

3 officers charged

Cops charged    

Off duty officer charged

Officer cleared

Officer charged once more

Officer convicted

Cop sex trial

Cops says he was the victim

Woman testifies in sex assault trial 

Office faces charge    

Judge drops charges 

Police force shocked  

Charge of national concern

Once again  

Officer charged  

Cop charged in deadly raid  

Cop charged

Cop acquitted 

Officer charged  

Police shooting   

50+ cops suspended with pay in ON 

Culture begins with who gets  uniform 

Cops cleared 

Officer demoted 

Officer investigated

No charge 

Guilty of misconduct

Complainant accused of perjury  

'House of cards'  

Officer forced to reveal relationship

Force 'knew what it was getting'  

Female cop alleges harassment 

Investigator had axe to grind

Court stays conviction

2013 ONCA 750

Judge slams police, acquits

Police shooting

SIU called in

'Did not exist' video released

Watchdog takes legal action 

'Lied, exaggerated and colluded'

Officer tried to obstruct probe

Not guilty plea

Officer charged

Cop gets discharge

Jail for officer

90 days  

Cop charged with assault

Officer charged

Officer charged 

Jury acquits

Officer accused 

Cop sent home

Police board probe      

90 days

Jail for assault

1 day sentence

Right violated

Police union funded assaulter's defence 

Officer acquitted

Officers guilty

Officer charged

'Disgraceful'

Officer cleared

Cop charged

Sex charge

Officer facing assault charges

Officer charged

Off duty confrontation

Officer charged

Police accused in grow-op

   

Guilty of misconduct

TORONTO - More than 5 years after he gave the orders to 'kettle' protesters during the G20 Summit, Toronto police Supt. David (Mark) Fenton has been found guilty of 3 of 5 charges related to his role in the largest mass arrests in Canadian peacetime history.  (Toronto Star)

Sentencing 

Officer found guilty

G20 lawsuit can move forward

Officers arrested lawyer

Charge against Crawford tossed  

Cop not guilty 

G-20 Toronto summit protests  

Guilty verdict

45-days

Officer cleared

Officer acquitted  

Officers charged  

Aftermath   

Report clears RCMP

Not guilty in G20 explosives trial 

'Hairy-legs' profiling

Women claim 'hairy-legs' profiling

Jail sentence

10 months

Another G20 report

Oversight agency in the dark

Protester sues

'Excessive' police force

Police acted illegally  

Police trampled 'basic rights'  

Secret G20 tape

'Largest ever' police spy operation  

Undercover cop drove anarchists

Group cuts deal  

G20 accused plead guilty  

How police infiltrated groups

G20 mistakes 

Hamilton residents sue police

Officer's notebook  

Officer guilty    

Limitation period expired

Watchdog orders charges

Gov't erred

Police want to keep G20 cameras

Chief and SIU boss went too far  

Flip side of G20 misconduct

'Mass violation'

'Officer bubbles' sues

G20 report identifies officer  

Chief Blair defensive

Some G20 charges dropped

Class action lawsuit

Protest groups infiltrated by police  

Fresh G20 statistics  

Secret law used beyond its intent

3 years for firebombing

Rolling out the explanations

Probe into secret law

Ombudsman to probe G20 rule

G20 contract raises questions

Seized weapons not what they seem

Olympics, G20 and Black Bloc  

Damned if they do  

Toronto's not-OK corral at summit  

Good Samaritan in Toronto  

'Thugs' justify $1B tab 

G20 after-action review   .pdf  

Alleged ringleader

Police arrest alleged troublemaker

Guelph woman prime suspect

22 more suspects  

G20 arrest  

G20 most wanted  

G20 Toronto   

Officers identified   

Cop car worth 21 months

36th G8 summit  

Text of the G8 communique

Secret law was illegal  

Group says it bombed office

'Internationalist Resistance' 

Group claims attack

   

Legal saga

TORONTO - A Toronto divisional court has struck down an appeal by Toronto police to prevent Kofi Patrong, 31, from suing the force for its alleged role in devastating case of mistaken identity - a 2004 gang-related shooting that left him with a debilitating leg injury.  (Toronto Star) 

Ban on random street checks

Carding regulations

Criticism comes from all sides  

Carding lawsuit   

Lawsuits drive up legal bills

Province brands city a high-risk employer

Police hit with $2.6M lawsuit

Police face $4M lawsuit

Lawsuit

Funeral held

Family wants answers

Killed by unmarked police vehicle

Girl killed by police vehicle  

   

TTC video

TORONTO - Officials with the TTC are reviewing a video that surfaced on social media purporting to show its special constables punching 2 men at Union Station.   (Global)

 

TTC altercation video

TTC to address brawl video

Another video with same officers 

   

Allege racial discrimination

TORONTO - Former Toronto police officer Garnette Rose has launched a complaint with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario alleging he was discriminated against and had no choice but to leave the police service.  (Toronto Star)

Tribunal ruling

Tasering violated man's rights

Woman 'humiliated' by police

'Why me?'

   

85 strip searches a day

TORONTO - Police figures show that 31,072 people were strip-searched in 2010 - 85 a day - up from 29,789 the previous year.  (CBC)

Officers lied

TORONTO - A woman has won an acquittal on appeal, in part because police lied about what had happened.  (Toronto Star)   JUDGMENT:   2016 ONCA 0389 

   

Ex-officer jailed in Caymans

GRAND CAYMAN - Former Toronto police officer Richard Hanna's international police career has come to a screeching halt in the Cayman Islands where he has been jailed for 15 months for stealing money from schoolchildren.   (Toronto Star)   PREVIOUS:  Former officer bilked school kids

`He made Toronto a safer city'

TORONTO - Even the police horses stood silent as pallbearers marched past them at the entrance to St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Scarborough. Bagpipes played "Amazing Grace" as eight officers hoisted the casket of former Toronto police chief Jack Marks onto their shoulders.  (Toronto Star)   MORE:   Former police chief laid to rest 

   

House arrest

TORONTO - 5 former Toronto drug squad officers have been sentenced to 45 days of house arrest for their convictions in a police corruption trial.   (Toronto Star)  

Measly justice  

Guilty of obstructing justice

Dealer agreed not to sue

Claimant a capable liar  

Jury discharged

SCC denies appeal

Police 'unplugged' corruption probe  

Prosecutions unit flawed

Don't embarrass the 'carpet cops'

Corruption charges stayed 

Criminals fingered the cops 

Review sought

Cops beat, ripped off dealers

Curtain raised 

1st witness  

Witness feared for his life  

Timeline  

Charges stayed  

Corruption charges stayed  

Police corruption case sent to trial

New trial ordered  

Defence blamed  

Corruption case revived  

Why big court cases fail

Cash flow suspicious

RCMP alleged police crimes

Suspended cop facing new charges

Behind the Toronto police scandal

'Rogue' police bullied witnesses

   

TPS bug

TORONTO - Secret recordings offer proof that Toronto police conducted illegal eavesdropping on a former police board chair.  Then police chief Bill McCormack and Julian Fantino - superintendent of detectives at the time and later police chief and OPP commissioner - have repeatedly refused to say whether they requested or were aware of the surveillance. 

 

'Willy-nilly' disbanding  

Defending pulling legal support

Police unions to fight SIU in court

Government pulls lawyers

Lawyer-approved notes illegal

Scott, Fantino duke it out

Watchdog takes tougher stance

Julian Fantino 

   

Victory bash

TORONTO - Over red wine, pasta and other Italian fare, OPP Sgt. Mike Rutigliano, defence lawyer Gary Clewley, who had won the case, private investigator Bruce Murray and another defence lawyer, Owen Wigderson, joined Frank D'Angelo, who had just turned 50.    (Toronto Star)  

  

 

  

More trouble for OPP officer

Probe targets courthouse corruption

Frank D'Angelo

   

Ferguson report released

The Report:  Volume 1   Volume 2  

Justice Ferguson's comments to the Board  .pdf  (Feb. 26, 2004)

'Fink fund' probe kills 115 drug cases

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