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article image90 Toronto officers face G20 discipline over name tag removal

By Andrew Moran     Nov 4, 2010 in Crime
Toronto - Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair announced that 90 officers are facing disciplinary action after it was learned that they removed their name tags during the G20 Summit weekend. They will most likely lose a day’s pay.
On Wednesday, Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair testified before the Commons public safety committee where he discussed police officers’ various controversial actions during the G20 Summit in June.
During his testimony, Blair announced that 90 police officers will face disciplinary action for removing their name tags during the summit, according to CBC News. He noted that the process has begun and those officers will lose one day’s pay, around $300.
However, the Globe and Mail reports that Toronto Police Association President Mike McCormack said that no G20-related disciplinary actions have been taken as of yet: “I’m aware that some of our officers – I can’t confirm the number – have been notified of an investigation in regards to the name-tag issue, so the officers are in the process of responding to that right now.”
Blair said it seemed like the cops were attempting to hide their identity but it was not directed by the police force in any way: “The matter was investigated very thoroughly and individuals are held accountable for the choices that they make.”
Investigators viewed more than 20,000 hours of videotapes to identify the officers who did not wear name tags.
More than 1,100 people were arrested during the G20 weekend but only 308 were charged.
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