For the second time in four months, Peel’s finest have compromised an Ontario Special Investigations Unit investigation by failing to comply with the law.
This week, SIU Director Ian Scott has complained openly that officers negatively impacted his organization’s probe of a crash involving a Peel Police cruiser.
The crash left an eight-year-old Mississauga boy with a broken collar bone, bruised lung and facial lacerations. He was a passenger in a car driven by his mother that was struck in an Erin Mills intersection by a speeding cruiser. The officer behind the wheel “was not responding to a ... call for service and had not activated his emergency equipment,” according to SIU investigators.
Meanwhile, the Peel force neglected to inform the SIU about the crash — as the law mandates them to do — for three days. The SIU learned of the incident from The Mississauga News.
This is the second time the Peel force has violated the Police Services Act by failing to notify the SIU of an incident involving an officer where a civilian was injured.
In June, they failed to mention that a 21-year-old Mississauga woman was bitten twice by a police dog.
At this point, two steps need to be taken immediately to reset the course of justice.
The officer who was driving the cruiser that fateful night should be charged with speeding.
Next, the liaison officer who failed to notify the SIU about the crash should be charged with obstructing justice.
We deserve to know our police officers respect the law — and the population they have sworn to serve and protect.