In the aftermath of the shooting, responding to reasonable criticism from two high-profile individuals, the president of the Toronto Police Association disdainfully said, “Mr. (Sid) Ryan (president of the Ontario Federation of Labour) has never been a police officer and has no expertise in policing or anything related to policing.” The chief of police even asserted that Marin’s comments were “uninformed,” when Marin clearly is well-informed.
The theme of those rebukes has been repeated ad nauseam: In short, “don’t criticize me unless you’ve walked a mile in my shoes.” Their dismissive attitude shocked and infuriated many Torontonians.
Next came the revelation that a Durham Regional Police officer, using an alias, tweeted that Marin was a “leach (sic) on society” and “should stick his big french (sic) nose” up his anus. This egregious tweet has recently been discovered to have been perpetrated by an officer who contemptibly appropriated the Twitter account of a fellow officer to spew his racist venom.
Furthermore, if this protected unknown cop holds such an ignorant view of Marin, what vile opinions does he harbour towards aboriginals, blacks and Asians? And now that the offensive offender has been accurately identified, we have the pathetic spectacle of the Durham police chief pompously demanding an apology from Marin. He seems to think their belated discovery of the erroneously attributed, but more outrageous, behaviour absolves them of all sin.
The Police Association of Ontario couldn’t resist piling on: “Mr. Marin should be held accountable for his inappropriate conduct, which undermines public trust and confidence in the office of the ombudsman.”
What about the “public trust and confidence” in the constabulary of this province?”