posted on Aug, 13 2013 @ 10:56 AM
I watched the live feed conference with interest. Various community representatives came forward with informed observations and recommendations about
specific reforms, including the firing of certain individuals and eliminating certain positions within the system. One recommended that failure to
use de-escalating techniques should be part of a charge against the police when lethal force is used.
The general observations were that in many such cases police simply yell orders and the victim is killed for failure to obey. They want that approach
to change completely when dealing with someone in a distraught mental state, as yelling orders is not de-escalation.
I am looking forward to see if the noon march will bear fruit. One thing for certain is that although there are good police out there, there is a gap
between their training and their approach to handling mentally distraught person. I think Toronto has had enough of police violence. They want
cameras on police and charges against an officer who turns his off, including disabling the police car camera.
(visit the link for the full news article)