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Op-Ed: Toronto cops Name-tags — Not visible as push-in at senior's home

Riot squad holding people back at College Park
Several years ago the City of Toronto made it mandatory that on duty police must wear their personal name-tags on their uniforms at all times. If that is the case, why are they attached to the uniforms with velcro.
Toronto - And it seems that is what they did on Sunday, at a senior’s apartment in St Jamestown complex at Wellesley/Sherbourne.
The resident says he opened the door and about seven burly bicycle policemen in uniform pushed their way into his apartment, without a warrant and no velcro name-tags on their uniforms.
Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair
Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair
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Their number patches on their shoulders where also not visible because they had their yellow jackets on without name-tags. When asked, they never told him what they wanted, nor did they show a valid search warrant. One officer (unidentified) went as far to say, “We don’t need a warrant.”
That was Sunday morning. On Monday, October 22/12 the same officers arrived again. They were unidentified, and no warrant and no explanation was given as to why they were there.
Toronto police cop with the biker unit
Toronto police cop with the biker unit
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Once could be a mistake. But twice, with the same officers and the same attitudes? Something is wrong. They completed their searches each day and left with nothing. When they first arrived at 10am on Sunday morning they said “they were responding to a noise complaint,” but no charges were laid and there was no problem with noise.
The 61-year-old senior with several medical problems, called the local station and he told the officer who answered what had occurred. The officer asked if he “had problems with police” which is reasonable, but wouldn’t they still need a search warrant? He asked “what should I do” and at no time did the officer tell him to file a formal complaint. He asked if he could “speak to the Sergeant on duty” and she put him through to another general Sergeant voice mailbox, which was indicated full.
What the police are trying to do in St Jamestown is commendable. It appears they are trying to stop the spread of drugs throughout the community, which this senior supports.
However, the lack of a name tag to identify a law enforcement officer is not acceptable. A name tag or badge should be permanently fixed to a uniform and outerwear.
Having an elderly man's apartment raided by unidentified officers two days in a row and finding nothing and to offer no explanation or apologies has clearly crossed the line and answers are forthcoming.
No name-tag from G20 Summit - Velcro
No name-tag from G20 Summit - Velcro
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One officer (unidentified) as he was leaving said, “You shouldn’t have crack heads in your house,” which the senior says, he did not.
How about you, have you had any bad situations with Toronto Police. On the most part, they seem to be doing a great job. Incidents like this are few I'm sure, but those that make up their own laws should be held accountable.

2 comments

#1Oct 26, 2012 Kenan BartaN
As I said we are following suit to Big Brother down south with the treatment of citizens by our law enforcement officials now.
#2Oct 26, 2012 Hans Smedbol
this is the Police State, Toronto Style....(and Canada style)....there are two separate legal systems...the one that oppresses us, and the one that allows the cops almost infinite latitude in the ways in which they can choose to pursue "crooks" even at the cost of seriously impinging on an innocent senior's human rights....this is disgusting and appalling, and the police should have to explain themselves over this gross travesty of justice.

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