“Unfortunately, I see a pattern of stereotyping all police officers based on the actions of a few. … We are human and we are not perfect, but the majority of police officers are authentic and kind-hearted people that want to make the world a better place.” – from an Open Letter, posted July 9th, 2020 by Bill Fordy, Deputy Chief, Niagara Regional Police
Deputy Chief Bill Fordy’s full letter is posted below, followed by a response from Erika Smith, a resident of St. Catharines, Ontario and member of the Niagara Region Anti-Racism Association
Posted July 10th, 2020 on Niagara At Large
(A Brief Note from Niagara At Large publisher Doug Draper – In the days ahead, Niagara At Large will be posting its own commentary on the issue of police reform, and will also be posting a disturbing first-hand account by a Niagara resident who went through a hellish experience at the hands of police at the G20 Summit in Toronto 10 years ago this summer.
By the way, I know this post is long, but I think the content is worth the read. Please get past the couple of dozen words on Facebook or Twitter, and give what is posted below a go.)
An Open Letter from Bill Fordy, Deputy Chief, Niagara Regional Police
To whom it may concern;
I have watched and listened to the general public. I would now like to add my voice to the narrative because I am disappointed and saddened by the tragedies of the past few months, the resulting media coverage, and the feelings of some towards the police. I have witnessed disrespect to police officers across the country.
In the spirit of full transparency, I am a father, a husband, and I have proudly been a police officer for 31 years. I love our country, fully respect the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and I wholeheartedly support the enshrining of all Canadians having the right and ability to express their thoughts or feelings. Continue reading