If you can imagine, New Democrat MPP Cheri DiNovo wants the cops rebuked for arresting creeps who have sex in a public park.
Thankfully, some common sense prevails and Toronto Police Association President Mike McCormack wants her to apologize for making such a suggestion.
And I want medals and citations for all the 22 Division officers involved in making arrests in Etobicoke’s Marie Curtis Park.
It takes some nerve to pick on police for arresting naked people engaging in sexual acts in a public space.
But DiNovo is demanding that Attorney General Yasir Naqvi drop charges against those arrested for public nudity and sex acts in Marie Curtis Park.
She even wrote Naqvi, expressing “deep concerns regarding the recent Project Marie sting operation conducted by Toronto Police Service” that resulted 89 charges against these 72 people.” DiNovo suggested “we have learned that Toronto Police had been performing undercover sting operations in Marie Curtis Park trying to lure gay men and trans people to proposition them for sex.”
She argued “considering these were minor bylaw infractions, this also raises many questions about the use of police resources.”
The Parkdale-High Park MPP complained “an undercover sting operation should be for serious crimes — not for intimidating and harassing gay men and trans people who are meeting each other in public spaces.”
McCormack countered that her comments are outrageous.
“She’s wrong on all counts and owes the Toronto Police, our members and the public an apology,” insisted McCormack. “These officers should be commended for this great example of community policing.”
Of course, he is right.
“The project led to the arrest of a naked man found masturbating, who through investigation, was found to be on the sex offender registry and was on conditions not to be around children,” said McCormack.
No serious crimes, Cheri?
Upon digging, turns out the nude man was previously convicted of crimes on two children at a swimming pool. DiNovo’s letter didn’t mention this.
“If not for the police stopping him, who knows what could have happened?” said McCormack.
The officers should be thanked — not called homophobic. They are heroes actually.
A person’s sexual preference has no bearing on whether one should engage in sex in a park. Gay, straight or trans it’s inappropriate and illegal. There are hotels, homes or bathhouses available. But some, apparently, think a park and a bathhouse are the same.
“You can’t really blame (the LGBTQ) community for feeling targeted once again,” Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam told the CBC.
In her letter, DiNovo wrote “we do not need to look far back in Ontario’s history to know that anti-LGBTQ actions like this ruined many lives.”
What about the potential lives ruined from the children who frequent this park? Cheri and Kristyn are off base on this one. This is not an example of police gay bashing. It was just good policing.
“It is, after all, against law to have sex in public so I don’t understand why there is even an issue,” said McCormack. “It’s ridiculous to blame the police officers when all they were doing was responding to the community’s concern and in doing it, found a registered sex offender.”
He also said “the suggestion this was a sting is also just plain wrong.” In fact “it was just plain clothes officers on the lookout in the park based on park-user complaints. It was the officers who were approached for sex.”
The end result is “the efforts of these officers enabled the community to take back their park, and both the community and police celebrated this victory as a barbecue and candlelight walk through the park at the end of the two month project.”
They deserve a pat on the back — not a stab in the back.
Hopefully, Naqvi sides with the police and prepares medals for the officers who worked at cleaning up the park.
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