Toronto Ombudsman to investigate homeless camp clearings – Toronto
Toronto‘s ombudsman says he launched an investigation into the cleanup of the city’s homeless camp this summer.
Ombudsman Kwame Addo said his office had received complaints that raised concerns about the city’s approach during the evictions.
The city and police cleared four homeless camps in three parks this summer, but clashed with locals and their supporters.
The police used the riot squad to clear three of these camps.
City of Toronto spent nearly $ 2 million cleaning up 3 homeless camps and repairing parks
The city says makeshift living quarters were dangerous, and police said they supported city staff and carried out law enforcement as a last resort.
The ombudsman says the investigation will focus on how the city planned the clearings, engaged stakeholders and communicated with the public.
The city says it will cooperate with the ombudsman’s investigation.
The ombudsman says the office does not have the mandate to review the conduct of Toronto police officers.
Questions about police tactics during evictions from Toronto parks
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