Police chief calls events at Nuit Blanche ‘unacceptable’
Toronto/Oct.7, 2015 – Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders, on Wednesday, described the incident of altercation between police and a screaming crowd during the Nuit Blanche event in downtown, an extremely disturbing and unacceptable. He made the statement during a Wednesday morning news conference about a confrontation over the weekend.
“We saw behaviour that was dangerous, behaviour that was reckless, behaviour that could have caused extreme, serious injuries.”Saunders told reporters.
Officers were called to the Dundas square on Saturday night following reports of a person with a gun. When officers arrived, a fight broke out. Many people rushed to get away from the area, and a woman was trampled by the crowd.Police took a person into custody during the fight, who was carrying a gun.
A video of the incident shows a screaming crowd taunting Toronto police officers who can be seen backing away from the crowd. Saunders said people in the crowd threw bottles and other objects at officers and they were laughing, smiling, booing, and cheering. Saunders said that there were young children present at the time.
“But this goes well beyond the police. I believe there needs to be a wide-ranging public discussion on what is acceptable behaviour in the public of our city. This type of behaviour can never be tolerated.” he said.