Letter to Toronto Police Chief William Blair re: Report of police destroying crack pipes

“I write to you, on behalf of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, to express our concern with recent public reports of Toronto police officers confiscating and destroying personal possessions, including drug use equipment, from people who use illegal drugs. We refer, in particular, to the story that appeared recently on the front page of The Globe and Mail (“New police strategy designed to blanket high-violence areas”, Feb. 13). In that story, it is reported that, under the aegis of the new Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy (TAVIS), “Eric the drug addict” was surrounded by police officers who compelled him to hand over various possessions, including two crack pipes, at least one of which was then “crunched underfoot” by police . . . .”

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