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Toronto ombudsman says TTC probe into detention of black man ‘fell short’

Written by on July 11, 2019

Toronto’s ombudsman is panning a transit commission investigation into the videotaped detention of a young black man.

In her report, Susan Opler concludes the probe “fell short.”

Opler says the commission was neither thorough nor transparent.

The incident occurred in February last year, when three inspectors detained the man on a mid-town streetcar platform.

Video on social media showed inspectors pinning him on the ground.

The ombudsman’s office makes six recommendations to improve transit commission investigations, including developing an “anti-racism strategy.”

The Toronto Transit Commission said it found insufficient evidence to support allegations of misconduct against the inspectors, except for one instance in which an inspector inappropriately smiled at the man.

In a statement Thursday, The TTC said it planned to implement the ombudsman’s recommendations before the end of the year.

The ombudsman report says it looked at the TTC’s investigation and not the actual incident, which is before the courts.

The Canadian Press