Watchdogs, Oversight and Ontario's Thin Blue Line: How the Stakes Got So High

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Ottawa Citizen


Andrew Loku lay on the floor dead. Near his body was the hammer the 45-year-old had been holding when police pumped two bullets into his chest.

His death, in the hallway of a Toronto apartment building last July, had unfolded in a matter of moments — it was five minutes from the time a neighbour called police until the fatal confrontation with police.

From there, the timeline stretches out. It would be eight days before Ontario’s police watchdog, in search of answers, interviewed the officer who shot Loku. It would be nine more months before the public was told what had happened.

Next March, eight months from now, Ontarians will find out whether the events of that night in Toronto will prompt a fundamental change to the oversight of police forces in this province.

It is change, some say, that has been years in the making.