J Gallant: Chief Blair insists review will be unbiased despite O’Connor’s law firm client list

Jacques Gallant published this article in the Toronto Star on Wed, August 14, 2013

Toronto police Chief Bill Blair sought to assure the public on Wednesday the internal review of police’s use of force in dealing with emotionally disturbed persons will be unbiased, although the former judge tasked with leading the review, Dennis O’Connor, works for a law firm that has acted for the insurers of the police in civil suits.

In a statement emailed to reporters, Blair said he is satisfied O’Connor, a retired Ontario associate chief justice who is now employed by Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, will be able to provide him with sound advice on the policies he has been asked to look at.

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