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Head of Toronto Police Oversight Board Under Fire for Garner, ISIS FB Post

Alok Mukherjee, the head of the service board meant to serve as civilian oversight of Toronto police, is being condemned by a Toronto police union for a Facebook post invoking Eric Garner, ISIS, and Ebola.

Mukherjee reposted an image shared by an Occupy Wall Street Facebook page and this is what showed up on his page:

Take note of the “I can’t breathe” Mukherjee added, in reference to the case of Eric Garner.

The Toronto Police Association is outraged at him, and put out a press release today calling for him to step down. They blast his “lack of objectivity” and claim the image macro implies cops are far more dangerous on the whole than terrorists:

His sharing of this poster is clearly unprofessional, clearly unethical and clearly seeks to undermine the very people he is paid to oversee…

Mukherjee’s obvious disdain for police, apparent lack of judgement and his personal agenda, discredits and compromises the integrity not only of the Board he chairs, but the Toronto Police Service itself.

In a statement obtained by CTV News Toronto, Mukherjee explained, “It was not intended to be a negative commentary in any way on members of our police service or on our practices. I am very proud of our approach to policing, our practice of continuously learning from our experience, our systems of accountability and the efforts we make to maintain positive relations without community.”

[image via CTV]

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