Council not ready to ask for probe into “racial remarks” at HPS board meeting
Hamilton’s council has put off a vote on whether to request an investigation into alleged “racial remarks” made at a police board meeting.
Coun. Doug Conley asked colleagues Wednesday to back a request for an Ontario Civilian Police Commission probe into allegations that Madeleine Levy made a comment to fellow police board member Walt Juchniewicz at a December meeting that “Poles killed Jews in Auschwitz.” The comments went public last week among other complaints in a letter from Juchniewicz to city manager Chris Murray. Levy expressed regret in a Jan. 4 letter to Juchniewicz. The comments, as well as concerns about whether Juchniewicz broke board rules by writing to Murray, will be discussed behind closed doors by the board Thursday. Conley and Coun. Matthew Green said an OCPC probe would ensure the public allegations are dealt with in a “transparent” fashion. “If it goes in camera … you won’t end up with any answers,” said Conley. The rest of council voted to table the motion until the police board weighs in.