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Sammy Yatim “You’re a fuck’n pussy” + “Police are a Gun Culture” = “How could this happen?” Police board chair.

August 3rd, 2013  

Just an update. An important read.

Globe and Mail, ‘How could this happen?’ Police board chair asks for answers in Sammy Yatim shooting by Alok Mukherjee, Chair of the Toronto Police Services Board.

Mr. Mukherjee writes in part:

Ever since that tragic night when the Yatims lost their son, I have been trying to put myself in their situation. Every time, that leads me to one question: “How could this happen?”

It leads me to this question because of all the effort that I and many other people of goodwill have made to realize a different vision of policing than we had been accustomed to. I can say in all honesty that it has been a significant effort, intended to bring about comprehensive change in the culture and practice of policing. Those efforts, to a very large degree, have been in response to earlier incidents, such the deaths of Edmund Yu and Jeffrey Riodica in police shootings.

Tragedy such as the one that has befallen the Yatims causes profound soul-searching. I very much hope there will be a collective soul-searching on the part of all of us involved with policing, in whatever capacity.

I know there will be no letup on my part until we have an answer to the question, “How could this happen?” I have heard and read the pat, instant solutions that have been offered so far, and I find them wanting or off-base.

Until we have the answer and respond to it with concrete action, the hope expressed in that dedication from 1978 will not have been realized, as far as policing is concerned.

We had better get down to the task quickly and in all seriousness. We owe it to the memory of Sammy Yatim.

I’ve read articles, columns and most important, watched the Sammy Yatim video. The thing is I’m still shocked at nine rounds fired by one police officer into a guy holding a knife in an empty streetcar.

It’s like your most cherished trusted family dog just killed someone with one tear of the jugular. And I can’t get past that.

Fact is, my “memory” of Sammy Yatim is an audio track —his voice taunting “You’re a pussy. You’re a fuck’n pussy.”

But the message that’s left, the one that promises to make sense of it all took me back to Summer 2008 when I had a conversation with a Maui Police officer. I told him that I was researching law enforcement (police/security guards) focusing on their relationships with youth. Youth Crime. Roots of Youth Violence. Guns and Gangs.

And the Maui officer stated the Obvious that I hadn’t thought of before. “Police are a gun culture.”

Sammy Yatim shooting powerful reminder that "POLICE ARE A GUN CULTURE".
I really don’t think that Sammy Yatim expected second 39.125 would ever happen…

UPDATE  August 3, 2013 8:31 pm.

Also want to highlight Toronto Sun’s Michael Coren and his “Let truth triumph: Don’t bash police in the Yatim tragedy, and don’t apologize for them” if for no other reason than he speaks for me. This part:

…I’m not defending criminals and attacking the police — and I am sick and tired of gangsters being described as saints after they are killed. But in this case, it appears the victim was a fool rather than a felon.

The support marches were, naturally, hijacked by the usual coalition of left-wing fanatics, naive zealots, and anti-police thugs. And neurotic teenage girls wanting to be part of a happening.

The boy’s parents, however, have reacted with grace and genuine emotion, and my heart breaks for them. I just pray their last words were loving rather than confrontational and they do not blame themselves.

Let me be candid. A decade ago, I had hardly a bad word for the police. I am afraid my experience since then has not been good. Selective policing, indifference, dishonesty, political agendas, contempt. A minority I am sure, but not so small that you don’t notice.

Michael Coren’s noticed too…

 

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

 

Comments

2 Responses to “Sammy Yatim “You’re a fuck’n pussy” + “Police are a Gun Culture” = “How could this happen?” Police board chair.”

  1. Anonymous on August 3rd, 2013 9:51 pm

    give me a break, wow. who the hell do u think u r? Nice really classy- youre a dumb ass.

    it appears the victim was a fool rather than a felon.

    The support marches were, naturally, hijacked by the usual coalition of left-wing fanatics, naive zealots, and anti-police thugs. And neurotic teenage girls wanting to be part of a happening.

  2. The Mississauga Muse on August 3rd, 2013 11:43 pm

    Hi Anonymous.

    First of all I didn’t write

    “it appears the victim was a fool rather than a felon.

    The support marches were, naturally, hijacked by the usual coalition of left-wing fanatics, naive zealots, and anti-police thugs. And neurotic teenage girls wanting to be part of a happening.”

    Toronto Sun’s Michael Coren did.

    But it’s clear you object to his “it appears the victim was a fool rather than a felon” comment.

    Please note that I didn’t cut-and-paste Coren’s previous paragraph which would explain his fool versus felon part. So here’s what Coren wrote about Sammy Yatim:

    Was he drunk or high? Could be. From accounts of the situation, he seemed to be irrational and had threatened women on the streetcar while holding a knife in one hand, his penis in the other. Imagine how you, your wife, your daughter would have felt if that had happened to them?

    “had threatened women on the streetcar while holding a knife in one hand, his penis in the other.” Did you know that?

    As for Coren’s:

    The support marches were, naturally, hijacked by the usual coalition of left-wing fanatics, naive zealots, and anti-police thugs. And neurotic teenage girls wanting to be part of a happening.

    I wasn’t at Sammy Yatim’s support march but I would have been had I been able to.

    And I can tell you this about the two G20 support marches I went to back in July 2010. They too were “hijacked by the usual coalition of left-wing fanatics, naive zealots, and anti-police thugs.

    I understand that today there was something of a pride march to protest Russia’s anti-gay laws. I suspect the same people who showed G20, Occupy Toronto were also there today. They’re professional protesters and Coren’s pretty accurate describing them as “left-wing fanatics, naive zealots, and anti-police thugs.”

    As for Coren’s “And neurotic teenage girls wanting to be part of a happening“, well, you caught me being careless about that one. So I’ve removed it from today’s blog with apologies.

    I have two other excellent columns I’d like to refer you and other readers to. Also in the Toronto Sun, written by Joe Warmington. Did Sammy Yatim beg for chance to call his dad? and Police brass should have been at Sammy Yatim funeral.

    As I said in my original blog. I still don’t know what to think.

    So far Alok Mukherjee, Chair of the Toronto Police Services Board, said it best when he wrote “I have heard and read the pat, instant solutions that have been offered so far, and I find them wanting or off-base.”

    But I’m still leaning towards Sammy Yatim met up with a goon…


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