Man who be­rated po­lice fired

For­mer city worker swore at cops in park­ing space dis­pute

Toronto Star - - GREATER TORONTO - BETSY POW­ELL CITY HALL BUREAU

The man heard in a pro­fan­ity-laden video be­rat­ing Toronto po­lice of­fi­cers no longer works for the city of Toronto.

“As you know, we do not ad­dress per­son­nel mat­ters, how­ever, we can con­firm that the in­di­vid­ual in ques­tion is no longer an em­ployee with the city of Toronto,” city spokesper­son Wynna Brown wrote in an email to the Star.

The worker, who was never named, was em­ployed by the solid waste man­age­ment ser­vices di­vi­sion. He said he parked in a spot re­served for dis­abled mo­torists for about 45 sec­onds while run­ning into a con­ve­nience store to buy a lot­tery ticket.

The worker, who recorded the sub­se­quent al­ter­ca­tion with his cell­phone, emerged from the store and sug­gested an of­fi­cer used his ve­hi­cle to block him from get­ting into his car be­cause he “thought I was just a reg­u­lar n-----.”

“You know this guy’s asked me for my driver’s li­cence and in­sur­ance over a f------ park­ing space,” the worker tells the cops who ar­rive on the scene, in the clip posted on a video-shar­ing web­site in Au­gust.

The in­ci­dent ap­par­ently oc­curred in a strip plaza near Lawrence Ave. E. and the Don Val­ley Park­way.

The for­mer city worker re­peat­edly re­ferred to the of­fi­cer, who is ap­par­ently black, as an “Un­cle Tom” — a deroga­tory term for “a black per­son who is ea­ger to win the ap­proval of white peo­ple and willing to co-op­er­ate with them,” ac­cord­ing to Mer­riam-Web­ster.

The video prompted the city to launch what a spokesper­son de­scribed at the time as a “com­pre­hen­sive in­ves­ti­ga­tion.” The spokesper­son also said at the time the worker was off work “pend­ing com­ple­tion of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

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