What’s a reasonable expectation of our police?

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Expecting too much from our police

Re Police Chief Feeling The Heat Over Regis Korchinski-Paquet Death (NOW Online, June 5).

I think we need to step back and define what is a reasonable expectation of our police force. Does our expectation jibe with the reasons people choose to become members of the police force?

If the police union is contributing to protecting the lower elements in the police force, how do we stop that? Bad behaviour becomes contagious.

Winnie McDonagh

From nowtoronto.com

Toronto’s policing double-standard

Re: Death Of Regis Korchinski-Paquet Exposes Decades-Long Failure Of Policing Reform (NOW, June 4-10)

Funny how police alone are authorized by the state to use force, even lethal force. But when they use that force and someone ends up dead, suddenly they’re private citizens who don’t have to account for their actions, even by turning over their notes.

Eric Mills

From nowtoronto.com

Manufactured outrage on Regis Korchinski-Paquet

Yes, it was a breach of policy, albeit a much-maligned policy, that police leaked details of the Regis Korchinski-Paquet death to the Sun while the case is being investigated by the SIU (NOW Online, June 3) It shouldn’t have happened.

But the outrage from family lawyer Knia Singh seems manufactured. His insistence that it’s not a transparent process unless he gets to cross-examine the cops, is pretty ignorant. It’s not a court case. He has no right to any involvement in the investigation at this time.

Steven Weinberg

From nowtoronto.com

Pandemic gives police free rein

The city has given police free rein to deal with marginalized populations during the pandemic (NOW Online, June 2), which usually means blatantly disregarding any rights of people of colour or who are homeless or mentally challenged. For this, the middle class and upper white classes see the police as their protectors from the unwashed masses. 

Jose Paredes

From nowtoronto.com