TORONTO MAYOR CALLS FOR EXTERNAL REVIEW OF MISSING PERSONS CASES
Mar 07, 2018
By Bob Komsic
The detective, in charge of the investigation into alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur, was the one who alerted the police professional standards unit about a related incident, where he believes officers might have violated the service’s policies and procedures.
Det. Sgt. Hank Indsinga’s comments come amid reports McArthur was interviewed by police in 2013, in connection with three missing men from the city’s gay village, more than four years before he was arrested and charged with six counts of murder.
(Andrew Francis Wallace/Toronto Star)
While Idsinga will not comment on that, he says he became aware of a related previous incident, where the officers involved may not have done what they should have.
Police will not say what prompted the internal investigation, however, a spokesperson calls the information ”concerning.”
Det Sgt Hank Idsinga says he’s confident the internal investigation will not be a distraction as the
McArthur probe continues, however, he admits the case, and the police response to it will have an impact on some careers positively and possibly negatively as well.
Meanwhile, Mayor John Tory is calling for an external review of how missing persons cases are handled.
He’ll make a formal request at the next Police Services Board meeting this month.
Tory feels the results of the review should be made public as soon as possible and not wait for the McArthur investigation to end.
The mayor also plans to ask the province to consider a public inquiry once any criminal proceedings have concluded.