Ontario Ombudsman André Marin has learned to have a thick skin

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Ontario's Ombudsman makes no apologies for his latest investigation into province-wide directives given to police to de-escalate tense and potentially explosive situations. After years as a Watchdog, he says he's not afraid to bark.



Ontario Ombudsman André Marin on what he hopes to achieve and the waves he's created.

"The police push back. They don't want people looking over their shoulders. You always hear the same thing ... what do you know, you never walked the beat. They don't like to be accountable to civilians".

André Marin, Ontario Ombudsman

The news on the night of July 27th shocked a lot of people in Canada's biggest city. An 18 year old dead ... nine police bullets fired. Sammy Yatim was carrying a knife and acting erratically on a Toronto street car. The car was emptied and police had it surrounded. Cellphone videos seem to indicate little danger and no emergency. But the coroner reported counting eight bullets in Sammy Yatim's body.

Sammy Yatim shooting a lesson for new police watchdogs — CBC News

Charges have been laid against one officer and police are investigating. But like most people who've seen the videos, André Marin has many questions. As provincial Ombudsman of Ontario, he's launched his own investigation into how police are trained to defuse potentially explosive situations.

As the former head of Ontario's Special Investigations Unit, Mr. Marin has also probed other cases of serious injury or death involving police.

Ontario's Ombudsman André Marin was in our Toronto studio.


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This segment was produced by The Current's Idella Sturino.

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