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Blair says public safety top priority for officers

Toronto's Police Chief comments on the Queen Subway shooting

Bill Blair is now commenting on the Queen Subway shooting, which saw one man sent to hospital in serious condition.

Officers fired a dozen shots at a man, said to be carrying a gun inside the station on Friday night at 8pm as Christmas shoppers packed up their stuff and went home.

Toronto's Police Chief says he understands residents concerns when it comes to use of force by police officers in situations like the shooting at the Queen Subway station.

Blair made the comments after four officers fired over a dozen shots inside the station which has critics wondering not only if they considered the public's safety but the victim's mental capacity.

He underlines the first priority for officers is the public's safety in the area.

Blair kept his comments brief on the situation saying it's now in the hands of the SIU but Blair underlines he's looking into things as well. That means checking policies, the training and equipment of officers and their conduct.

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  1. Jack posted on 12/17/2013 01:56 PM
    Maybe it's just me, but I would FAR rather see the police gun down some scumbag waving a gun around BEFORE he has a chance to hurt anyone else. If you don't want to get gunned down by police, don't make yourself a menace to public safety, period.
  2. frank posted on 12/17/2013 03:38 PM
    Why isn't the chief firing the police propagandists? They convince no one, and in fact only further raise the alarm on police conduct, shootings, secrecy, note sharing, etc. The police board must act or be fired and replaced with competent board members.
    1. Roger posted on 12/17/2013 03:51 PM
      @frank And by "competent board members," do you mean people willing to punish the officers who did exactly what we needed them to in order to get rid of a threat? Grow up. At some point your adolescent hatred for authority figures stops being "edgy" and "cool" and becomes a serious psychological flaw.
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