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Ontario Ombudsman Says Twitter Troll Is Actually Police Detective

08/08/2013 05:15 EDT | Updated 08/09/2013 05:56 EDT
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It's been an eventful day for Ontario Ombudsman Andre Marin.

Shortly before announcing he was launching a formal investigation into the shooting death of 18-year-old Sammy Yatim, Marin was accused on Twitter of being a "carded member of Al Qaida" by a man he says is a Durham Region Police Service detective, the National Post reports.

After receiving a tweet from the account @joeymayo12, which has since been deleted, Marin sent a message out to his followers exposing the sender as "Police detective Dennis Scott," and later tweeted out a correction saying the name was Scott Dennis.

The Post points out that Dennis appears on the 2011 and 2012 Ontario Sunshine List, the province's public salary disclosure that names employees who make more than $100,000.

Paul Martin, deputy police chief of the Durham Region Police Service, joined the conversation later, saying that the force will be "investigating the disturbing allegations made by the Ombudsman regarding a DRPS officer."

Marin responded on Twitter, saying he would cooperate.

At the press conference where he announced the Yatim shooting prove, Marin did not say much about the Twitter accusations or how he linked the @joeymayo12 account to Dennis.

"I don’t want to get into that right now," he said.

In other Ombdusman news, Marin was recently named one of the top 25 lawyers in Canada by Canadian Lawyer magazine, with voters describing him as "the voice of reason, logic, justice and of our society's most marginalized citizens. Courageous, tenacious, principled, innovative."

He also gave the recently-unveiled-in-Ontario McLobster from McDonald's a B- grade. We're not going to argue with him on that.

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