(PEEL REGION, ON) – Jennifer Evans, the Peel Regional Police Chief has openly told Peel Region council that the provincial ban of police doing street checks about 18 months ago has seen shootings, stabbings and violence spike.
“I believe there are more people carrying knives and guns than ever before,” City News reported Evans telling the council. “It’s not just that we are seeing an increase in shootings; we’re seeing an increase in the amount of victims from 24 to 40 over the past few years.”
Chief Evans is saying that innocents are losing their lives.
“What we are seeing is that at a homicide or attempted homicide there are multiple firearms being used by multiple offenders and sometimes they are discharging 27 or 30 rounds,” said Evans, as reported by Joe Warmington/Toronto Sun.
Police Chief Evans has fought the Liberal government when they first proposed the end of carding, also her own police board.
Mayor John Tory introduced a motion at Toronto city council Thursday which would toughen-up bail releases which would ask the provincial and federal governments to perform an “expeditious review” on “the guidelines and procedures” of bail.
Tory wants a report on “persons: already on bail; and/or previously convicted of offenses involving the possession or use of illegal firearms; and/or previously convicted of the use of a firearm in the commission of a crime with the objective of changing such guidelines or procedures in whatever manner may be necessary to make clear the community’s view that such persons should not be granted bail and should remain in custody until the charges have been disposed of by the judicial system.” as reported by the Toronto Sun.
About 75% of the people that were arrested during the police operation dubbed “Project Patton” being either on parole or bail, this review is substantiated. Police are not allowed to randomly street-check any of them.
With files from Joe Warmington/Toronto Sun and CityNews
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