May 20, 2016
By Jane Brown
Parts of a report into the fatal police shooting of Andrew Loku last year, will soon be made public by the Toronto Police Services Board.
The move means Toronto residents will soon know if any policy or training changes were made following the high profile shooting, or if any disciplinary action was taken against officers.
Mayor John Tory is on the board and says they’re in the midst of looking at a fundamental transformation of policing in this city.
“The chief of police is required under the law to write his own report with respect to some of the consequences of what happened in terms of police procedure, conduct of officers and so on, and we have historically received those reports on a confidential basis,” Tory explained, “We will now make some of that information public.”
Under Ontario’s Police Services Act, the Toronto Police Service must conduct its own internal investigation into every Special Investigations Unit case involving officers. By law, these reports “may” be made public, but Toronto’s police board practice has been to keep such reports secret.
Under mounting public pressure, the province released a heavily censored version of the SIU director’s report into Andrew Loku’s death in July of 2015, which omitted the names and much of the testimony of all police officers and witnesses. The deadline for public release of Chief Mark Saunders’ Loku report is June 17th.