Coun­cil not ready to ask for probe into “racial re­marks” at HPS board meet­ing

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL -

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.

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