Readers know that I have been highly critical of OPP policies with respect to Caledonia and racial policing, and of officers who enforce them. Part of the reason I – and many others – feel so much passion for these issues is because of the deep respect we hold for police officers and the onerous job they do on behalf of us all.
I think, too, for those like me who once wore a uniform, the sadness at the loss of a police officer is even more deeply felt.
Attacks on police officers are attacks on the rule of law and on democracy itself. They can never go unpunished.
Mark Vandermaas, Editor
- Toronto Star, March 09/10: OPP officer dies after shootout