Dirty Eric Jolliffe and his corrupt York Regional Police. The MOST corrupt police force in Ontario.
York cops' silence cited
Three injured. Paramedics arrive at Sunnybrook Hospital with a man who was shot during a confrontation with police at the intersection of Weston Road and Ray Avenue in Toronto Dec. 10. York Regional Police are involved in the investigation as is the Special Investigations Unit. Photo/John Hanley
December 14, 2011
York Region’s police chief did not respond to the director of the civilian Special Investigations Unit when concerns arose about a pursuit that resulted in gunfire, Ontario’s Ombudsman has found.
The finding about the SIU case, which involved a takedown in Toronto a year ago in which police fired 18 shots at a van driven by robbery suspects, is contained in a report released this morning by Ombudsman Andre Marin in which he slams the provincial government for “undermining” the civilian police watchdog to avoid controversy.
The York incident is featured in a section that describes cases in which the SIU found problems with police co-operation and/or conduct.
Five York officers, all driving unmarked cars, were watching Ricky De Sousa, 33, driving a maroon Dodge Caravan minivan, and his passenger, Antonio DaSilva, 40, both of Brampton, last Dec. 10.
The men were followed to the Weston Road and Lawrence Avenue area of Toronto and spotted leaving two gas bars.
Even though no robberies were committed, the officer commanding the team concluded a heist was about to take place and instructed his team to stop the van as it headed south on Weston.
The van slammed into the back of one officer’s car and a second police vehicle pinned in the van from behind.
Two officers approached the minivan’s driver’s side with their guns pointed at Mr. De Sousa.
The officers shouted: “Police, don’t move! ”, “Show us your hands! ” and “Turn off the van! ” One of the officers smashed the driver’s window.
But, the driver rocked the van back and forth, striking the police vehicles, prompting police to fire four rounds into the van.
The van then went over the curb and was driven south on Weston.
Police fired 14 more shots at the vehicle.
The van came to a stop about 1.5 kilometres away, where it was boxed in by officers, and the men arrested.
Mr. De Sousa and Mr. DaSilva were injured. Mr. Da Silva was struck in the head by a “bullet projectile” that lodged in his frontal lobe, while another projectile passed through Mr. Da Silva’s left middle finger, resulting in a partial amputation.
Mr. De Sousa also received a bullet injury to the ring finger of his left hand.
Both men survived.
A York officer, who suffered a hand injury during the incident, was treated in hospital and released, police said.
According to Mr. Marin’s report, two days before the SIU issued a news release stating York officers did not commit a criminal offence during the incident, Director Ian Scott wrote a letter to York police Chief Eric Jolliffe, expressing concern about a possible breach of suspect apprehension pursuit regulations.
The chief did not respond to the letter, the report states.
In an e-mail to yorkregion.com this afternoon, Chief Jolliffe wrote he wanted to read the information released today before responding.
And, while Mr. Scott ultimately declared no criminal offences had been committed by police in the incident, he noted several factors kept his agency from putting together a complete picture of the incident including:
• The two subject officers invoked their right not be interviewed by the SIU;
• It’s not known where the officers were when they fired nine shots each because they were both moving and so was the van;
• Because of the design of the officers’ guns, it is impossible to determine which officer fired which shot; and
• The spent cartridge cases may have been moved due to the road not being closed and traffic moving through the scene.
When contacted for comment about Mr. Marin’s report, York Regional Police Association president John Miskiw would not consent to an interview.