Sunday, November 3, 2013

Police not giving Rob Ford "Special Treatment"

Rosie DiManno’s most recent column suggests there may be one law for ordinary people and another for the Mayor of Toronto. She asks why, if apparent drug deals were going on, the police didn’t arrest everyone.

First, perhaps the suspicious transactions were not drug deals. I grant you meeting at night in parking lots seems sketchy but not everything is as it appears at first blush.

Second, and more important, police do not bust every drug buy they see. The purpose of a major surveillance project is not to nail a few street buyers for a possession charge but rather to trace a street dealer higher to find major drug dealers. I imagine the police might take note if they saw any prominent person seeming to buy drugs, but they would give that person a pass – no matter who – so as not to jeopardize the investigation.


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