Discussion in 'Bruce McArthur, Toronto CANADA, 2010 – 2018' started by Wondergirl, Jan 29, 2018.
TPS is calling an internal investigation into how/why BM was released after being called in over missing/dead men.
Professional standards are doing the investigation.
When police fail marginalized communities, can online sleuths be of help?
Adding a link or 2:
Lead investigator in Bruce McArthur case raises concerns over fellow officers' past actions
The lead detective in the investigation into alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur said Wednesday that he alerted the police professional standards unit about a related incident where he believes his fellow officers may have violated the service’s policies and procedures.
The comments from Det. Sgt. Hank Idsinga follow a report on thestar.com Tuesday evening that years before McArthur was named as an alleged serial killer, he was questioned by police in a separate incident unrelated to men missing from Toronto’s Gay Village and was let go.
On Wednesday, Idsinga would not comment on whether McArthur was previously questioned by police, but told the Star that he became aware of a related previous incident where the officers involved may not have done what they should have.
It was something "that became a concern to me since I became aware of it," Idsinga said.
Last week, he prepared a report and sent it to the Toronto police professional standards unit for an internal probe regarding "the actions of some officers in a previous occurrence (who), I am led to believe ... potentially did not do what they were supposed to have done, according to our policies and our procedures," Idsinga said.
"And that's something that should be investigated and I'm not the one to investigate that, so I prepared the report and I forwarded it to professional standards and they are now conducting that investigation," he said.
Hoped that we would not be dissed and that does not seem to be the case for Ws, imo.
He's a member here from the Luka Magnotta case.
Justin Ling makes some very good points. And is a reporter/journalist I respect.
There are other reporters/journalists for whom I have very much less respect, particularly regarding their irresponsible tactics and approach elsewhere than WS.
Slightly OT: as a general rule of thumb from prior experience and some training, do not speak or correspond with the press without backup/advice/a representative present, unless you are a designated spokesperson and have double checked.
Equally, beware of seemingly innocuous questions/private messages on SM from people you dont know. Reputable journalists should always identify themselves as such, but some dont. Some do but then ask for background, or guidance info, without specifying that theyre out for a story.
In brief: never assume that anything you say in any type of conversation with a journalist is off-record, or that it will be reported in context.
"Their cases went cold, and police were adamant that the village did not have a serial killer."
This article by a writer who identifies as a queer man of color, and "...one who fits the profile of some of [BM's] alleged victims," definitely puts into perspective what we are learning now about how LE initially handled the missing cases linked to the murder victims.
lengthy article rbbm.
Tips pour in after police release grim photo of man believed to be victim of alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur
I'm not sure if I'm understanding correctly. Is NW saying she'll be releasing a new photoshopped image, or was she the one who "cleaned up" the image that the TPS released?
TPS release of enhanced image of deceased victim:
ITA, but IMHO I think it is a still from a video found on BM computer/laptop. If that's the case, could this mean BM only took video/pics of his victims post-mortem? (speculation)
My first impression of the image released by the TPS was that the IUD's was black, but after comparing to images found online, most black males in their forties seem to have a receding hair line. Noticing how much hair this person has, I am now thinking he could be Sikh. Could the reason LE is having trouble identifying him be because this person used a Sikh turban, like the one our Minister of Defence wears? If that's the case, maybe people that knew him don't recognize him without the turban? (Just speculation)
I think he is either mixes race, black and white, or Sri Lankan. IMO
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My thoughts exactly Hazel, that it might be someone who might normally wear a turban AND that possibly the hair was haphazardly cut off.
I respect Idsinga for putting together this report and bringing it to the attention of the Professional Standards Unit, but was he not also on Project Houston? The same task force that told the families of the missing men that their loved one had taken off on purpose (after they brought computer/online information to their attention)?
Couldnt agree more
The hair on the UID picture was painted on in photoshop. Im not sure how much they made him look like how he was in the picture prior to cleaning up, but most of the beard is reconstructed, the lips arent right, the one eye is copy and pasted from the other, and the beard line on the one side is drastically lower than the other side (I dont know a single male who would be okay with it being that off). I also will venture that the lighting was poor at time of original photo (late afternoon-night) so we have no idea true skin tone and as this is a photo taken posthumously, he will have no muscle control which will get rid of brow furrows, relax lip/mouth structure, etc. This photo was heavily shopped. People who know him will see him, but those of us scanning thousands of missing persons listings may miss him if we arent aware that he likely of South Asian descent and likely markedly different from this photo we have.
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