Toronto police chief Bill Blair is taking heat after one of his officers admitted to detaining 'hundreds' of people on routine searches and stripping them completely naked, the Toronto Star reports.
The startling admission emerged at the trial for alleged drug trafficker Lerondo Smith last month, the Star reports.
And now, the city's police services board is demanding a report from Blair into how Const. Sasa Sljivo's actions went unchecked for so long.
Some of the blame for the officer's apparent zeal for denuding civilians has been levied at the feet of leadership.
The writer points out that Sljivo told court that he was unaware of the ruling -- and, indeed, he was trained to strip-search people naked.
"If the rules have been clearly set out by the Toronto police, how is it that Const. Sljivo has carried out hundreds of improper searches, apparently endorsed by his training officer?" Warwick asks.
"What kind of environment has the 'leadership' of Chief Blair fostered that this could happen not once, not twice, but hundreds of times?"
According to Toronto Police Services, Sljivo is a beat cop, patrolling the Long Branch area in the city's southeast.
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