Quote: Originally Posted by earth_as_one
C'mon guys, do you really believe that a drawing of a gun alone cause the police reaction? I'm critical of the police reaction too, but I don't believe that a drawing alone caused the police to believe the father illegally possessed an illegally stored hand gun. That said, I don't think the police asked enough questions first before handcuffing the father and strip searching him.
Well if it wasn't the drawing of the gun, it was the subsequent discussions with a 4 yr old (and I am curious how the law comes in on talking to a child in these circumstances without permission of a parent, because I sure as hell would not trust a teacher to act as a guardian in any legal circumstance unless I knew them VERY well).
This episode shows how systemically f***ed up things are in Ontario (and possibly other provinces):
- the teacher blew it in her overreaction
- the principal blew it in not getting more facts and intervening
- social services blew it, with the way they handled it
- the cops blew it, not only in jumping the gun on the arrest and strip search, but there are allegations they did not even tell him what the prospective charges were... which would be a blatant violation of his rights under Canadian criminal law.
Now some of the mistakes are forgivable on their own, some are not and the way the situation snowballed without someone stepping back and doing a critical assessment of exactly what they were looking at, shows a system that was a SNAFU waiting to happen... and that falls on McGuinty's gov't.
Now Mr Sansone deserves to a substantial settlement (including an apology) from the Ont. gov't.