What the last few years in Toronto tell us about our police: Paradkar

I don’t feel the Toronto police are the only ones with this problem… Click here to read the full article or an excerpt below.


The next day police shot off another loaded term. The victims were “known to police.” Were they known because they’ve been involved in illegal activities as the term implies? Or were they known because they were stopped on the street for doing nothing wrong and had their information documented? We don’t know.

If the Dafonte Miller case came to the surface it’s because a high-profile lawyer got the SIU involved, leading to a police officer being charged, and that became newsworthy enough for the media to cover. When establishments close ranks they present daunting layers of opacity that require Herculean efforts to dent.

How many such incidents with varying degrees of violence take place far from the public eye will warrant a guess based on your trust in the police.

None of this means there aren’t noble individual police officers who are good human beings, highly skilled and perseverant in the pursuit of justice.

What the last few years have shown, however, is the institution of police is not a good system with a few bad apples. It’s a rotten system with a few good eggs.

Whom does this institution serve, whom does it protect and who is it accountable to?

Unfortunately, the answers are clear: The privileged, itself and no one.


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