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January 2, 2024
Thanks to the Star for reporting on the police overreaction to a theft accusation, Star readers say.
Thanks to the Star for reporting on the police overreaction to a theft accusation. Over-policing is a problem in every community where police budgets are excessive. Over-policing is definitely a problem in Toronto. Someone reported a suspicious device in our neighbourhood, and people were evacuated from their homes for nearly eight hours. We waited patiently, freezing in the cold and dark, with cops yelling at us to get behind police lines, which were everywhere. A few people checked into hotels for the night, at their own expense. The next day, we learned that the suspicious device was a second battery, attached to an e-bike. I’m all for public safety, but taking so long to decide that a bike has a second battery is nothing but over-policing. And yet the City of Toronto is increasing police budgets again next year, because the police union will not take no for an answer.