The Ontario government is reviewing a call from Toronto mayor John Tory for a public inquiry into the police handling of missing persons cases – including six men allegedly murdered by accused serial killer Bruce McArthur.
Attorney general Yasir Naqvi says the government will maintain an open dialogue with the city on the next steps to be taken – after any criminal proceedings have ended.
Questions arose about the handling of two previous police investigations into five missing men as detectives investigated McArthur – a 66-year-old landscaper who is facing six charges of first-degree murder. All the alleged victims had ties to Toronto’s LGBTQ community.
Mayor Tory says he was “deeply disturbed” after learning that “concerning” information uncovered during the McArthur investigation – had prompted an internal police probe.
Tory said he would also support an independent external review of the Toronto Police Service’s practices – with respect to missing person’s investigations – and that probe should look at any systemic concerns – which would include the examination of any bias contrary to the Ontario Human Rights Code against any group – including the LGBTQ community.