Ontario ombudsman, André Marin, mentioned in a statement issued on Thursday that his office has formally commenced a full probe into the shooting death of 18-year-old Sammy Yatim. Mr. Marin stated that “the tragic events of July 27 have brought some longstanding issues into sharp focus.” He added that “while the facts of the police shooting of Sammy Yatim remain under investigation and are yet to be determined, the very public nature of this case has also raised important questions about broader issues.”
It was explained that the course of investigation adopted will be to examine what the police is ordered by the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services regarding de-escalation of such conflict situations. It was alleged that incidents like this repeat so much they are “like groundhog day.” Mr. Marin disclosed that his office received more than 60 complaints, inquiries and submissions regarding the Sammy Yatim case.
During the press conference held on the Thursday, Mr. Marin also replied to media queries regarding angry tweets addressed to him on Twitter soon before the press conference. Those tweets alleged that Mr. Marin is a card-carrying member of Al Qaeda. Mr. Marin acknowledged that the offensive tweet was posted from the account of a Durham Regional Police officer, Dennis Scott, and that he had not directly contacted police regarding the messages. However, while responding to it on Twitter, Mr. Marin used police’s twitter handle to state that “I’ve got thick skin.”
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