Ontario’s ombudsman says that with police co-operation being “the exception, not the norm,” the provincial government should consider implementing rarely-used powers to “direct police on how to do their job” in the aftermath of last weekend’s shooting death of teenager Sammy Yatim.
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In the days since Sammy Yatim’s shocking death aboard a streetcar, gunned down by police, we have heard a lot about procedures and training. The officer who felled the knife-wielding 18-year-old will be judged according to that standard: Did he do what he was supposed to do? And if the official answer is yes — or if by any means he escapes significant punishment — we will hear much wailing about police being above the law. And then, if history is any guide, it will die down.
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