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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2018 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

September 20, 2018 4:57 pm Updated: September 20, 2018 5:46 pm

Toronto Danforth shooter arrested and released two days before mass shooting: police docs

By Andrew Russell and Stewart Bell Global News

Two days before Faisal Hussain went on a deadly shooting rampage in Toronto’s Danforth neighbourhood, he was arrested for shoplifting but released, according to police documents unsealed on Thursday.

The search warrant applications show that Hussain was the subject of several police reports dating back as far as 2010, when he was reported three times as an emotionally disturbed person.

They also reveal that during a search of his apartment following the shootings, a police explosives dog detected materials in a drawer under a bed. Police found a white powder they suspected was cocaine and other items that a judge has prohibited media from disclosing.

“Given the amount of ammunition on hand, it is reasonable to believe that this occurrence was planned and that items of planning, both physical and digital on electronic devices, will be located within his residence,” the documents said.

The new details from the police investigation into the July 22 shooting that killed Julianna Kozis, 10, and Reese Fallon, 18, and injured 13 others were disclosed by Ontario Justice David Corbett on Thursday at the request of several news organizations, including Global News.

Media outlets have been fighting in court since August for the release of the unredacted documents which are part of an Information to Obtain (ITO) application. Police are required to submit an ITO to the courts to request a search warrant.

They provided more information about the actions of Hussain before his mass shooting, showing he got home from work at 2:30 p.m. and his twin brother spoke to him “about getting his life together, getting married and getting direction.”

Instead of listening, Hussain called himself “mentally retarded” and went out onto the balcony of the family apartment to smoke a cigarette, his brother told police investigators.

“He left the house that evening to go for a walk around 8:30 p.m., never to return,” police said.

Police are investigating whether anyone aside from Hussain was involved, a possible motive, how he obtained the gun, and whether anyone had a role in providing the weapon and bullets.

Yet nearly two months after the tragedy, no explanation has emerged for the mass shooting.

Two investigations are underway, one by the Toronto police and the other by the Special Investigations Unit, but little information has been officially released.

Mark Pugash, a spokesman for Toronto police, refused to comment on the new information citing the ongoing SIU investigation, and Monica Hudon, a spokeswoman for the SIU, also refused to comment.

The newly-unsealed documents show that police were searching for materials “used to build an explosive device” and “any literature or documents depicting hate, extremism, terrorism or similar belief or following.”

Police seized several electronic devices from Hussain’s home including multiple cellphones, iPads, laptops and digital cameras.

“The accused’s electronic communications may have data pertaining to counselling or assisting other people in carrying out similar attacks or provide evidence of others counselling or inciting Faisal Hussain to commit his offences,” the document said.

Hussain’s family has kept quiet since the killings, except for a brief written press release in which they described him as struggling with mental illness.

But the police records describe the sometimes conflicting statements the family gave investigators in the aftermath of the mass shooting, including his twin brother’s account of Hussain’s behaviour.

“He advised that in the past, Faisal has robbed a store with a gun, called the police to say he wanted to kill himself, and has been on anti-depressants,” Toronto police wrote.

“For the past couple years, Faisal has had no real friends. He started attending the mosque with his father but did not seem that interested in religion,” it said, adding that “Faisal was into guns when he was younger.”

“About 4 years ago, he remembers Faisal visiting Pakistan with his father.”

His father told police Hussain worked at both Shoppers Drug Mart and Loblaws and took sleeping pills but not alcohol or drugs. “He attends mosque every Friday but is not devout,” the police report said.

The father said Hussain had traveled to “Islamabad, Pakistan about 2-3 years ago to visit family. Faisal was happy on the trip and did not want to return because people left him alone there.”

He said he “forces” his son to attend mosque, and that Hussain did not smile, stayed in his room playing video games and only came out to eat. “Faisal did not have any girlfriends or mental health issues,” the father told police.

But Hussain’s mother gave a different account of her son, saying he had never left Canada and that he saw a psychiatrist. She said he never talked about guns and she had “never seen him angry.”

Included in the documents are ten names of victims injured in the shooting: Lima Awad El-Karin, Nikolas Valahohristas, Ali Demircan, Nikita Barboutsis, Danielle Kane, Dempsey Kukko-Pulkkinen, Miranda Li, Jun Lee, Kyung Chung, and Donny Kozis – Julianna’s father.

Three other names are redacted.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2018 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( we've learned more about the " teen" arrested in wasaga beach with a hand gun and drugs . turns out he is an associate of the crips gang and Peel police were aware that some members of the gang were going to be in that area that day .

he's now been released on bail , even though he was carrying a loaded hand gun with a bullet in the chamber . well at least he's banned from returning to Simcoe county and under house arrest , we should all feel safer )

Alleged Crips gang associate released from jail after arrest in Wasaga Beach

A Judge’s Gavel

CTV Barrie
Published Wednesday, September 19, 2018 7:48PM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, September 19, 2018 7:52PM EDT

An alleged associate of a well-known street gang was released from jail on Wednesday.

Police arrested Jalen Pitt in Wasaga Beach on September 12. Officers say he had a loaded gun, along with a large quantity of cocaine and digital scales.

The Peel Region Guns and Gangs unit had the 20-year-old Brampton man under surveillance for several hours after receiving information that members of an organized criminal gang, the Crips, would be in the area.

Jalen Pitt
Jalen Pitt, 20, of Brampton, Ont. is an alleged associate of a organized crime gang.

The Crown attorney said releasing Pitt would put members of the community at risk.

“This was serious. He had a loaded gun with a bullet in the chamber. He had a large quantity of drugs. “

The accused was released on bail and is under house arrest.

Pitt is banned from being in Simcoe County except for his court appearances.

He is scheduled to appear back in court next month.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unsealed police documents reveal wealth of info on Danforth shooter Faisal Hussain

Sam Pazzano Courts Bureau

September 20, 2018

September 20, 2018 8:11 PM EDT

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Faisal Hussain. (Supplied by family)

The disturbed Danforth gunman’s last hours before his murderous shooting spree — including the south Asian man he spared seconds before opening fire on innocent bystanders — were detailed in police documents unsealed by court Thursday.

Eight hours before Faisal Hussain fatally shot Juliana Kozis, 10, and Reese Fallon, 18, and wounded 13 others on Greektown on July 22, his fraternal twin brother urged him “to get his life together, get married and get some direction,” a police interview with the sibling stated.

The police documents revealed officers seized Hussain’s electronic devices, searching for “any plans for the offences, contacts, substances that could be used to build bombs or any literature or documents depicting hate, extremism, terrorism or similar belief or following.”

“Faisal’s only companions appear to be his parents and they do not even know him that well and what he has been up to. The only way of understanding the true extent of what occurred or was planned is to go to the only place Hussain spent time, which is on these devices,” the police concluded in asking to search his devices.

No details were exposed of these searches, police found a zip-lock bag possibly containing cocaine in his bed drawer.

Faisal’s twin brother appealed to his brother to turn his life around just hours before the murderous shooting spree, but this time Faisal was tuning him out.

“In the past Faisal listened to him, but this time he called himself ‘mentally retarded’ numerous times and went to the balcony for a cigarette,” the statement indicated.

“In the past, Faisal has robbed a store with a gun, called the police to say he wanted to kill himself and has been on antidepressants. For the past couple of years, Faisal has had no real friends,” his brother added. “He started attending the mosque with his father did not seem that interested in religion.”

The twin brother – who like his father and mother had their names redacted — left the Thorncliffe Park Dr. home where Faisal lived with his parents around 9 p.m.

An hour later, the twin texted Faisal “to tell him to stay home” when news of the Greektown shooting rampage broke.

Jaspal Singh heard Faisal Hussain walking behind him in a Greektown alleyway that runs parallel to Danforth Ave. and Dearborn Ave.

“Don’t worry, I’m not going to shoot you,” Hussain told Singh, who replied sarcastically, “Thanks.”

Singh walked northbound on Bowden Ave. towards Danforth when he was about 30 feet south of Danforth, the gunman said, “Get out of the way.”

Singh watched as the man “drew a firearm and fired three shots at people were exiting 7 Numbers restaurant at 307 Danforth Ave.

Singh dove for cover behind a parked car on east side of Bowden. A police car was driving up Bowden and Hussain fired two shots at the vehicle before running west along Danforth Ave.

Faisal Hussain, 29, fires a gun on the Danforth late Sunday, July 22, 2018. (Video screengrab)

Another eyewitness, who didn’t see the gunfire exchanged between Hussain and the officers, said the rear window of the cruiser had been broken, “possibly by gunfire.”

Singh described the gunman “as smiling as he was shooting.” Another witness saw Hussain standing over a female victim and shooting her four times.

Hussain ended the mayhem when he killed himself with a gunshot wound to the head, the police documents stated.

His cell phone rang after the suicide and officers answered the call and spoke to Hussain’s parents.

In their police interviews, Hussain’s parents provided conflicting details about their troubled son.

His father said Faisal “had no mental health issues,” while the mother admitted their son had a psychiatrist.

The father said Faisal “stayed in his room playing video games and would often only come out to eat” while the mother wasn’t “sure if Faisal played video games.”

His mom said Faisal never left Canada while the father took Faisal to Pakistan a few years ago and his son “was so happy on the trip and didn’t want to return because people left him alone there.”

His father said he “forces Faisal to attend Dur Islam Mosque as he does not go willingly.”

Both parents said Faisal had no girlfriend.

His father said he “never saw any evidence of guns in their apartment and claims to have checked the room every few weeks,” while Faisal’s mom said her son “never talked about guns and she has never seen him angry.”

The day after the shooting, his family released a statement indicating “our son had mental health challenges, struggling with psychosis and depression his entire life. While we did our best to seek help for him throughout his life of struggle and pain, we could never imagine that this would be his devastating and destructive end.”

Faisal had several brushes with the law and was labelled by cops as an Emotionally Disturbed Person (EDP — police code for mental illness) in May and June 2010 and the OPP reported he was driving without a licence in 2014.

In 2010, police suspected Faisal was a pot dealer. Two days before the Greektown massacre, he was charged but released unconditionally for shoplifting.

His older brother and alleged petty crack dealer, Fawd suffered an overdose from cocaine and possibly carfentanil and has been brain dead since June 2017.

He once lived with his surety at a Pickering home, where police later found the largest haul of carfentanil in Canadian history as well as a huge collection of illegal firearms.

Fawd Hussain — who faced charges of petty crack trafficking in Saskatoon in 2015 but had the charges are dropped due to his medical state — was supposed to be living at 1809 Liatris Dr., the Pickering property of his surety Maisum Ansari in 2017.

Hussain, 31, stayed in Saskatchewan for another year and then had his charges transferred back to his home city of Toronto where he remained on bail with his long-time pal Ansari as his surety.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2018 7:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's a lot of good information in these two articles, but it is information that should have been made public shortly after the incident. There is little there that couldn't have been released then. The actual murder spree took place almost two months ago!

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( time to bring back mandatory minimum sentences for gun crimes , activist judges are now giving young black men caught with hand guns lighter sentences because they have supposedly been treated badly in the past by society )

Judge champions ‘lenient’ sentence for young black man in gun crime because of systemic racism and poverty

'My role is to give expression to that fear. But it is not my role to give in to that fear, no matter how strongly it seizes the community’s psyche'

Adrian Humphreys
Updated: September 23, 2018

An Ontario judge voices his — and the justice system’s — struggle balancing a public outcry over gun violence with systemic racism against young black males in a remarkable, lengthy and lenient judgment against a Toronto man caught with a loaded handgun after fleeing police.

“It seems like not a day goes by without the media reporting yet another gun tragedy, sometimes very horrible ones. It happens in every neighbourhood. It happens in my own. None are immune from gun violence. People are rightfully outraged and bewildered by it. They feel powerless in its onslaught. Afraid,” writes Ontario Superior Court Justice Shaun Nakatsuru in a judgment released last week.

“My role is to give expression to that fear. To condemn the crime and those who do it. But it is not my role to give in to that fear, no matter how strongly it seizes the community’s psyche.

“Reason must control emotion in sentencing. Because in our system, a sentence is not just about the crime. It must be also about the offender.”

Over objections from Crown prosecutors, Nakatsuru accepted two reports, one called “Crime, Criminal Justice and the Experience of Black Canadians in Toronto,” and one detailing the “social history” of the offender, Kevin Morris.

Morris was 22 at the time of his 2014 arrest.

“Reason must control emotion in sentencing. Because in our system, a sentence is not just about the crime. It must be also about the offender

Toronto police, responding to a home invasion, saw four black men walking in a parking lot. An officer stopped them but Morris ran. A police car trying to cut off his escape collided with him, but Morris kept going and ditched his jacket with a loaded .38-calibre revolver in the pocket.

A jury found him guilty of possession of a loaded, prohibited firearm and related crimes. The Crown asked for a minimum of four years in prison. His lawyers sought one year before a reduction for being struck by the police car.

Nakatsuru released his judgment with a lengthy addendum on how social circumstances of blacks may relate to criminal behaviour so “every judge on every sentencing of a Black offender” can consider it.

Nakatsuru noted black Canadian experiences are rooted in colonialism, slavery and segregation. That perpetuates systemic racism bringing negative treatment by schools, services, government institutions and police; disparate education, hiring and pay help impoverish and marginalize the community, making the problem “cyclical and compounding.”

“The conclusion is inescapable,” the report, quoted by Nakatsuru, says — “young Black Canadians who view the system as unjust are less likely to believe they should abide by that system’s rules.”

Morris’s mother and father came from Jamaica with modest resources, court heard. His father died when Morris was seven and his mother worked to support them, requiring frequent absence while living in social housing.

“I can understand why a man of your background, a young Black man, suffering from trauma, with such limited opportunities, with feelings of despair, being influenced by others, may think that I will have that gun

His upbringing was “influenced by the streets.”

Morris found school challenging and he was placed in a special needs school, but felt unsafe crossing rival neighbourhoods to get there and was often absent, court heard. He didn’t graduate high school and, when he tried to return as an adult, he dropped out after being stabbed while walking in his neighbourhood, losing his spleen and half his pancreas.

In 2014, he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

“Recognizing, as the law must, that individuals are held responsible for the acts they commit that breach the criminal law, the reality is that this choice to act may be constrained by an offender’s life circumstances,” Nakatsuru writes.

The judge considered the societal backdrop to Morris carrying a gun and fleeing police.

“I can understand why a man of your background, a young Black man, suffering from trauma, with such limited opportunities, with feelings of despair, being influenced by others, may think that I will have that gun,” Nakatsuru writes.

Similarly, he did not see Morris running from police as a reason to enhance his sentence, accepting “systemic issues that have led to distrust between the police and Black men.”

“The young man who makes the choice to pick up a loaded illegal handgun will not likely be a product of a private school upbringing who has the security of falling back upon upper middle class family resources

“I appreciate not every young Black child who is subject to the same pressures as you makes the choices you did. Nothing that I say here should be taken to mean that you did not have a moral choice when you committed these crimes. However, what I do say is that your choice was constrained by these forces.

“The young man who makes the choice to pick up a loaded illegal handgun will not likely be a product of a private school upbringing who has the security of falling back upon upper middle class family resources. Rather, he is likely to be a product of oppression, despair, and disadvantage.”

Morris was given a 15-month sentence — minus three months for Charter violations (being hit by a police car and being questioned after asking for a lawyer). Nakatsuru acknowledged his sentence is “lenient” and he is “taking a chance.” He asked Morris not to blow it.

Earlier this year, Nakatsuru took racial circumstances of a black man into account at sentencing of Jamaal Jackson; urging judges to take judicial notice of systemic racism, he rejected a mandatory approach that the Supreme Court of Canada requires for indigenous offenders.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2018 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ezra -- unlike the mainstream media -- has gotten some documents the Toronto Police filed with the courts.

Surprise -- they found ammo and an AK-47 in Faisel's bedroom.

Surprise -- Faisel committed at least one armed robbery.

Surprise -- Tnere is evidence that Fausel picked targets on the basis of religion and sex.

There's more ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veK64OvL1_0

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2018 7:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( the other crips gangsta arrested in wasaga beach is fighting to be released on bail . we also learn his twin brother ( who had no criminal record and was a university student ) was murdered days earlier in a possible case of mistaken identity . he then claimed to want to change but was arrested days later with drugs and a gun )

Mississauga rapper on gun, drug charges days after twin shot dead

Tracy McLaughlin

September 28, 2018

September 28, 2018 7:52 PM EDT

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Alleged Crips street gang members Jerome Pantlitz-Solomon (left), 20, of Mississauga, and Jalen Pitt, 20, of Brampton -- seen here together in an online rap video -- were arrested on gun and drug charges in Wasaga Beach on Sept. 12, 2018. (YouTube)

BARRIE – Just four days after one brother was buried after being gunned down in a gang-related killing, his identical twin was roaming the streets of Wasaga Beach with drugs for sale and a loaded gun, a bail court heard Friday.

Jerome Pantlitz-Solomon, 20, of Mississauga, who police allege is member of the notorious Crips street gang, remains in custody and the Crown is fighting to keep him there.

During a special bail hearing Friday, court heard Jerome and his associate, Jalen Pitt, 20, of Brampton, were under police surveillance while they allegedly dealt cocaine in Wasaga Beach Sept. 12. They are charged with carrying a loaded weapon, possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and possession of currency obtained by crime.

Jerome, who has a record for violent crimes, is also charged with fleeing the scene of a Wasaga Beach car crash with two plastic bags of cocaine.

Weeks earlier, on Aug. 27, Jerome’s twin brother, Jason Pantlitz-Solomon, a third-year university criminology student with no criminal record was shot to death in downtown Windsor.

Police are calling his killing gang-related with connections to Peel Region where the Crips are based, but they won’t comment on whether it’s possible his murder was a case of mistaken identity.

In court, Crown Julie Janiuk played a Youtube video showing Jerome performing gangsta rap music under the name of J Solo, singing dark lyrics about guns and violence by the Crips.

In one rap he sings “Acorn fire in the gut, bang, bang, bang,” as he and Pitt make gun motions with their hands.

“He glamorizes the criminal lifestyle,” said Janiuk.

On the witness stand, Jerome’s mother, Alicia Pantlitz, beamed a smile at her son in the prisoner’s box and he smiled back. She was adamant her son should come home and remain under strict supervision.

“These things he is charged with are just allegations, nothing has been proven,” she said. “Things are different now since my son was killed. He wants to change.”

She told the court how Jerome stood at the church alter in front of 700 people and declared he would change his ways at his brother’s funeral Sept. 8.

But the Crown scoffed at the notion.

“Does it not concern you that your son was murdered in a gang related incident and days later, your other son is in Wasaga beach with drugs and a loaded handgun?” Janiuk asked.

Justice of the Peace Ann Forfar will announce her bail decision next week.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2018 7:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( shootings in Toronto seem to have significantly risen since carding or street checks were banned )

GOLDSTEIN: Why banning handguns is a farce

Lorrie Goldstein

October 3, 2018

October 3, 2018 4:26 PM EDT

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While Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is studying a national handgun ban, urged on by cities like Toronto and Montreal, a deadly crime wave going on in Toronto right now shows why this idea is a farce.

That’s because in Toronto, the real solution to rapidly escalating homicides and gun violence is staring our politicians in the face, and they’re pretending it doesn’t exist.

Three years ago, the now-defeated Ontario government of former Liberal premier Kathleen Wynne initially suspended and then effectively banned carding, meaning police street checks in which officers interview people on the streets who are not accused of crimes and record the information.

Opponents of carding convinced the government this was racist.

The problem is street checks are a key method of police intelligence gathering, crucial to effective law enforcement.

Toronto Sun police reporter Chris Doucette this week, using the Freedom of Information Act, statistically documented what has happened since then.

His report, “KILLING CARDING: The deadly toll of putting street checks on ice” can be found online.

It shows shootings, homicides and gun deaths in Toronto have dramatically increased since carding was effectively banned after 2013, the last year in which carding was fully operational, before it was initially suspended and then replaced by a new provincial policy which made it unrealistic to do street checks.

In 2013, there were 196,907 street checks, 205 shootings, 57 homicides and 22 gun murders in Toronto.

In 2017, there were 25 street checks and 392 shootings, 65 homicides and 39 gun murders.

In 2018, with one street check up to June 19, and with three months to go in the year, there have been 310 shootings, 81 homicides and 42 gun murders as of Sept. 23

Comparing 2013 to 2017, shootings in Toronto were up 91%, homicides up 14%, gun murders up 77%.

By the end of 2018, all of these grim statistics will be significantly higher than in 2017.

And compared to 2013, with three months to go, gun murders are up 95%, homicides up 44% (including one incident in which 10 innocent bystanders were killed in a terrorist-like van attack), with Toronto recording its 82nd homicide and 43rd gun murder since Doucette’s column appeared.

“The city is in crisis and I don’t understand how anyone can deny it,” retired staff-inspector Mike Earl, head of the Toronto police Holdup squad until last year, told Doucette. “The bad guys are running the streets. The provincial regulations need to be revised. The longer they wait, the worse it’s going to be.”

Despite an ongoing municipal election campaign, major candidates are terrified of acknowledging this, lest they be accused of racism by special interest groups and the Toronto Star, which relentlessly campaigned for carding to be banned.

Mayor John Tory and city council asked the Trudeau government in July for the authority to outlaw the sale of handguns and ammunition in Toronto, and for Ottawa to ban handguns, assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons across the country, except for police, military and security uses.

That’s what the Trudeau government is studying, ignoring the fact handguns — the weapon of choice for Toronto’s gun-toting gangsters — have been banned in Canada since 1934, except for collectors and target shooters, and the reason it doesn’t work is that criminals don’t obey the law.

But don’t tell our politicians, even as the carnage grows.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2018 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Consider this:

Cops had told murder victim: ‘Someone’s going to get shot because of you’
Abbotsford Police kept close eye on Varinderpal Gill before his killing in Mission

VIKKI HOPESOct. 4, 2018 12:23 p.m.

In August, the Abbotsford Police Department issued a warning about a 19-year-old man who they said was in danger of being killed and whose presence in public places could put other lives at risk.

That man, Varinderpal Gill, was killed in a targeted shooting Wednesday night in Mission.

Police indicated in August that Gill, who often went by the name “VP,” was connected to the Lower Mainland gang conflict and had both threatened other people and had threats made against him.

Police said they were concerned that his presence in public places could put the lives of innocent people at risk.

It was a risk that the Abbotsford Police Department (APD) took seriously. Members of the gang crime unit, formed earlier this year, regularly drove by his home and often knocked on the door to check up on Gill. [....]

When the police can't stop a murder from happening when they have foreknowledge of it ... why can't responsible individuals be licensed to carry concealed weapons?

When the police issue warnings to neighbour and use the media to warn people not to stand too close ... is that even legal? -- why can't people protect themselves in other ways?

I don't fault the Abbotsford Police for doing this -- give them points for human concern. They aren't the problem. It's elsewhere. How can the police 'know' something that they can't use as evidence before a judge?

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( an interesting article on gun violence in Hamilton , its revealed out of 108 shooting incidents , 75 of those remain unsolved and no charges laid . as victims and witnesses often refuse to co operate . it helps to explain why a hand gun ban would not work , the police cannot solve the shootings occurring now and the criminals aren't using legal guns )

More than two thirds of shootings in Hamilton unsolved

A Spectator analysis reveals nearly 90 per cent of all shootings over the past five years have occurred in the former City of Hamilton

News Oct 10, 2018 by Nicole O'Reilly  The Hamilton Spectator|

Hamilton police have not laid charges in 70 per cent of all shootings in the city in the past five years, including half of all homicides involving a gun.

A Hamilton Spectator analysis of the 108 shootings reveals there have been no charges in 75 cases. Police say a lack of co-operation from victims or witnesses — often due to a fear of retribution — is a common refrain and major factor in the outcome of their investigations.

Using figures provided by Hamilton police, The Spectator has mapped and analyzed all 108 shootings in the city over the past five years. Most — 92 — have taken place in the former city of Hamilton and almost half were in the lower, central part of the city, between Queen Street and Kenilworth Avenue.

Some locations have seen more than one shooting at the same spot, including East Avenue North and King Street East, where 34-year-old Michael Campbell of Brampton was gunned down this past August. Just 16 shootings since 2014 have happened in the communities of Stoney Creek, Ancaster, Flamborough or Glanbrook. There have been none in Dundas.

Supt. Ryan Diodati, who heads Hamilton police investigative services, said he cannot give any singular reason why the lower city is more a of magnet for shootings. But he did point out there is a higher concentration of people downtown, along with the entertainment district.

"But exactly why there are more shootings downtown, I can't say," he said.

Within the police service they are constantly analyzing crime data and deploy officers in higher crime areas. That is part of the purpose of the ACTION team.

"We certainly do keep a close eye and look for trends," Diodati said.

Just over half of all shootings in the city since 2014 have not involved injuries, with people suffering non-fatal injuries in 39 per cent of cases, and being killed in 18 per cent of shootings.

Police maintain that most of the shootings are targeted and tied to the illegal drug trade, so special enforcement projects often look to tackle illegal guns and drugs together. Diodati said it's the illegal sale of heroin and other opiates most often tied to shootings.

He wouldn't speak about any ongoing projects, but pointed to some past ones police felt were successful. This includes the summer 2017 Project Phoenix that saw 44 warrants executed across the city, where officers seized $1.2 million in illegal drugs and two handguns, three shotguns and two rifles.

Diodati said anonymous Crime Stoppers tips have also been leading to an increased number of guns seized, including 13 firearms seized in 2017 and 32 so far this year.

Hamilton police also work closely with the provincial weapons enforcement unit and neighbouring police services.

When asked about the lack of witness co-operation, Diodati said police often find people are afraid of repercussions if they talk.

But police need co-operation from the public to help solve crimes.

Surveillance footage is increasingly a key piece of evidence in many crimes and shootings, including in high profile shooting homicides such as the May 2, 2017 murder of mobster Angelo Musitano where detectives used surveillance to identify the alleged shooter and two accomplices, and also tie them to a second organized-crime murder.

"CCTV cameras are a valuable asset that assist our investigators greatly ... sometimes it's that piece that allows investigators to pull on that thread," Diodati said, adding that Hamilton police now devote a lot of staffing hours to gathering and examining surveillance video.

In past years, an increase in shootings and gun crimes was in part tied to increased home invasion robberies. In 2017 there was a high of 41 shootings. That number is down this year, with 22 shootings so far in 2018.

It is often impossible to say exactly why shootings may go up one year and down the next. Criminologists often say you need to look at 10 years of data to see any actual trends. But so far this year, it appears there are fewer home invasions.

"Reported home invasions do seem to be down," Diodati said.

To view the detailed shootings in Hamilton map, including analysis, visit www.thespec.com


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( the liberals have launched an online survey on people's opinions on hand guns and assault weapons , it starts off with very leading questions and then allows the user to make comments on what they feel should be done )

Consultation to begin on possible ban on handguns, assault weapons

By Canadian Press. Published on Oct 11, 2018 3:57pm

OTTAWA — Border Security Minister Bill Blair will begin a national public conversation about whether Canada should ban handguns and assault weapons.

Blair said Thursday he will lead a series of public engagements, including roundtables and discussions with stakeholders in coming weeks.

An online portal is open until Nov. 10 for written submissions from the public.

Blair says the government wants to hear a diversity of views on how to reduce violent crime in Canada and whether a ban on handguns and assault weapons would be the best way to address the problem.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asked Blair to lead the public probe into a possible ban after a series of deadly gun incidents this year, including a mass shooting on Toronto’s Danforth Avenue in July that killed an 18-year-old and a 10-year-old girl and injured 13 others.

Montreal and Toronto city councils want bans on handguns and assault weapons.


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( Michelle Remple has started a petition against the new gun laws , so far has 16,700 signatures , from all provinces and territories . many fro alberta and BC , but also Ontario , Quebec , New Brunswick )

Petition to the Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction

•Justin Trudeau has instructed his Border Security and Organized Crime Minister to examine a potential handgun and assault weapon ban;
•The safety of Canadians should be the highest responsibility of government;
•Whenever Liberal governments attempt to crackdown on gun violence, they usually end up targeting law-abiding firearms owners;
•Canadian firearms owners are highly vetted in our country;
•The government is focusing its efforts on law-abiding firearm owners while ignoring data on gun-related crimes being correlated with gang activity and illegal weapon smuggling;
•The government’s firearms legislation, Bill C-71, does nothing to address actual problems related to gun crime;
•Bill C-71 contains no mention of the words “gang” or “organized” crime anywhere; and
•The government refuses to admit that most guns used to commit crimes are from illegal sources.

We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction to:

1. Respect law-abiding Canadians who own firearms;

2. Immediately scrap Bill C-71 and introduce legislation that actually targets criminals while protecting Canadians and respecting law-abiding firearms owners; and

3. Abandon the idea of a blanket firearms ban on law-abiding and highly vetted Canadians.



Michelle Rempel

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Open for signature : October 11, 2018, at 8:26 a.m. (EDT)

Closed for signature : February 8, 2019, at 8:26 a.m. (EDT)

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No injuries after shots fired in Entertainment District
Police are investigating after shots were fired in the Entertainment District overnight.
Codi Wilson, CP24.com
Published Sunday, October 14, 2018 7:38AM EDT

No injuries were reported after shots were fired in the Entertainment District overnight.

Gunshots rang out at around 3 a.m. in the area of a Peter and Adelaide streets and multiple vehicles sustained damage.

Police have not released any information on possible suspects.

This isn't entirely new. But this is a gunfight breaking out between gangs in downtown Toronto, as the Entertainment District is shutting down.

The police are studying sound waves, looking for a lead.

Word has it that the first item on the new council's agenda will be banning gunfights in the Entertainment District. Nobody can say that Toronto City Council doesn't take action! Where is Black Lives Matter? Don't they get a say?

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( the family of one of the victims , has released a statement saying there still looking for the truth and seem to be indicating , they still don't know why the incident happened and that the police haven't told them why )

Family of youngest Danforth victim 'will be persistent in our pursuit of the truth'

Joe Warmington

October 16, 2018

October 16, 2018 7:37 AM EDT

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Julianna Kozis, 10, of Markham, was killed in the Danforth mass shooting. (Toronto Police handout)

Almost three months after the depraved July 22 evening on the Danforth that stole their 10-year-old daughter, Julianna, the Kozis family have broken their silence.

While their focus is on thanking people for their support, they are also letting it be known that they have questions that they will be “persistent” in getting the answers to.

“On the eve of the three-month memorial of our girl, we release the following statement and continue to ask for privacy at this time,” states a release sent to me by Julianna’s father, Donny Kozis, who himself was shot by Faisal Hussain in the attack that also stole the life of 18-year-old Reese Fallon and wounded 13 others, including Donny.

Reese Fallon, 18, was among two killed in a mass shooting on the Danforth on Sunday, July 22, 2018. Thirteen others were wounded.(Online obituary)

It is a powerful statement.

“Our family wishes to express our deep gratitude for the tremendous compassion and support received by the communities, police forces and local government officials of York Region and Toronto, the first responders, all medical staff, our friends, family, and all others who have been touched by this senseless tragedy.”

Remember, they were all witnesses and victims in this obscene, unexplained act of evil.

It has been a very difficult three months for this family, as they are not only suffering through the loss of a child but also having one parent healing from gunshot wounds as well.

But their focus has been on their grief from losing a bright, funny, caring little girl who was the youngest member and star of a large family.

“Julianna was a light. Our girl wished for peace, not hate or violence. This, along with her spirit, has brought us some strength as we try to continue our lives without her,” the family says. “Words cannot express how much we love and miss her.”

Julianna Kozis, 10 — seen here with her mom, dad and brother — was one of two victims killed in a mass shooting on the Danforth that also left 13 wounded. (GoFundMe)

The Kozis family had come from their Markham home to the Danforth specifically to go for ice cream at popular Demetre. It should have been a fun summer night outing.

It was there that they encountered Hussain in the middle of his shooting spree.

It turned out to be their worst nightmare.

Hussain shot through the window of the establishment, striking Julianna and hitting Donny in both legs as he tried to protect her. The wounded father would later travel from the hospital he was being treated at to say goodbye to his daughter at another hospital.

The Kozis family made a special point in thanking police for their efforts in this disturbing case but they also noted that they still have questions.

“The police have been very responsive, co-operative and have committed to providing all information once it is available. There are many unanswered questions about this mass shooting and the murders of two innocent girls.

“For our child, and all of our children, we will be persistent in our pursuit of the truth and how that truth can help all moving forth.”

They want to know all aspects of this shooting and why it happened. The police service has said it is hopeful to release a full report to its board by the end of this year or in early 2019.

In the meantime, the Kozis family says they will not be making any more statements.

Here is the family statement in full:

On the eve of the three-month memorial of our girl, we release the following statement and continue to ask for privacy at this time,

Our family wishes to express our deep gratitude for the tremendous compassion and support received by the communities, police forces and local government officials of York Region and Toronto, the first responders, all medical staff, our friends, family, and all others who have been touched by this senseless tragedy.

Julianna was a light. Our girl wished for peace, not hate or violence. This, along with her spirit, has brought us some strength as we try to continue our lives without her. Words cannot express how much we love and miss her.

The police have been very responsive, co-operative and have committed to providing all information once it is available. There are many unanswered questions about this mass shooting and the murders of two innocent girls.

For our child, and all of our children, we will be persistent in our pursuit of the truth and how that truth can help all moving forth.

The Kozis Family


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LILLEY: Serious flaws in Ottawa's handgun ban consultations

Brian Lilley

October 17, 2018

October 17, 2018 8:15 AM EDT

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The Trudeau government said they would consult far and wide on banning handguns, they just didn’t specify that it would be world-wide.

Last week the Trudeau Liberals, under Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction Bill Blair, launched an online consultation.

Remarkably, given that it is 2018, the online consultation has a number of serious flaws.

Firstly, there is no limit on how many times any individual can fill out the online survey.

Secondly, it isn’t restricted to Canada.

“An honest and serious public consultation survey on the opinions of Canadians shouldn’t be open to anyone from any country,” said Tracey Wilson.

Wilson is VP of public relations for the Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights, a lobby group for gun owners.

“The simplest on polls use technology that prohibits people from doing them over and over. I wonder why Public Safety wouldn’t implement such a simple standard,” Wilson said.

It’s a valid point.

It wouldn’t be hard to fix this but maybe the government doesn’t want to. Tech experts say stopping people from repeatedly filling out the survey or filling it out from outside the country would not be hard.

“Absolutely not,” said one tech expert when asked if it would be difficult to stop the average person from filling out the form over and over again.

The tech, who gets contracts in Ottawa and doesn’t want to be identified, says stopping people from outside the country is also an easy fix.

“Netflix has those kinds of controls. They stop you from watching American programming and make you watch an Anne of Green Gables reboot,” he said.

Meanwhile, Trudeau’s government says they are consulting Canadians.

Truth is, we don’t know who they are consulting.

“We’ve got reports from people all around the world filling in the survey,” Wilson told me.

“Sri Lanka, Cuba, the US, Mexico, Germany. Why is the government of Canada allowing outside opinions to influence legislative considerations?”

It’s a good question and one that the government could not answer.

Several emails and calls to the office of Minister Bill Blair saw questions go unanswered in why the government was wide open, as in world wide open, in terms of seeking input.

Perhaps the answer is found in the statement Blair put out when he announced the consultation last week.

“I am committed to examining all options and hearing all perspectives on this issue,” Blair said.

We just didn’t know it meant the views of people in the United States, Cuba or Sri Lanka.

Or maybe we will be the victim of a Russian hack, it is easy enough to do on the Public Safety website where basic security is apparently optional for a survey.

The Trudeau government said they would study the possibility of a ban on handguns and so-called “assault weapons” but the fix is already in.

The questions are loaded in the survey, the technology is weak.

One of the questions asks, “Should more be done to limit access to assault weapons?”

There is no accepted definition of assault weapon. If I pick up a chair and beat you over the head with it that is technically an assault weapon.

But the Trudeau Liberals point to an old American definition from the assault weapons ban that expired in 2004.

They say in the survey, “in general, assault weapons are semi-automatic firearms with a large magazine of ammunition that were designed and configured for rapid fire.”

Or …… firearms already illegal in Canada.

You already can’t legally own a large capacity magazine for most rifles.

Why bother telling the public that when you can scare them.

We have a problem with criminals and gangs using guns in turf and drug wars in Canada but police and politicians don’t know how to deal with that.

So politicians are dealing with what they can control, law-abiding gun owners.

There are more than 900,000 handguns registered in Canada — yes handguns are still registered. The owners of those guns are not the source of the criminal problem in this country.

Yet because Justin Trudeau know he can beat them up for political gain and win votes in the next election, they will be the focus on the crackdown on guns.

The gangbangers shooting up your neighbourhood, that can be someone else’s problem.

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