It's just a bad joke, right? Toronto Police serve a search warrant on an apartment in a building they've been to many times, while armed to the teeth. It's become standard practice across Canada (being armed to the teeth) when serving search warrants.
But leave a loaded shotgun behind?
We're just lucky we haven't had too many cases of "murder by cop" like the Arizona case of Jose Guerena, who was gunned down by a Pima County SWAT team allegedly serving a search warrant on his home.
It's not that we haven't had those cases. We have, but that's not the point of this column. The point of this column is police ineptitude.
I'm not sure what else you could call it. You're a cop serving a search warrant on what you consider to be a high-risk address... so you leave your loaded shotgun on a bed when you leave?
Hyacinth Moore makes no bones about the fact the police were there, or that they've been there before. Her kids aren't exactly model citizens. Nether are the rest of the residents of the building, if police are to be believed.
On the day they left their loaded shotgun behind, Toronto Police Services responded to their building 4 times. That's in just one day.
This time police were searching her home for something, although nobody knows exactly what that something was.
Why is that? The search warrant has been sealed.
All Detective-Sergeant Steve Foden would say was this:
“This apartment is known to have lots of firearms. The last one before this was, let’s see. March 11, 2011, a call for firearms, mischief, weapons.”
It seems clear that Ms. Moore's children are far from saints. Like all mothers, she does her best to protect her children. It's natural.
Apparently just as natural as police covering up for police.
There is no report of anyone from the Toronto Police Services [allegedly] "misplacing" a shotgun. There is, of course, a record of the 911 call that Hyacinth Moore placed to let the police know they'd forgotten something after trashing her home.
Isn't that interesting...
Detective-Sergeant Steve Foden would not make any comment about the incident, and says he never heard about anyone leaving a shotgun behind.
After being pressed by reporters, Foden finally admitted that yes, it is possible it could have happened and the police officer involved did not report it.
“It’s in their interest not to admit they left a loaded shotgun in my son’s room,” Hyacinth Moore said.
The Fat Blue Line has struck again...
"Evil" citizens can do no right, and "good" cops can do no wrong.
Not even when they [allegedly] leave loaded shotguns in someone's home.