Mayoral Candidate Wants to Arm By-Law Officers

Mayoral candidate Georgio Mammoliti wants to give Toronto By-Law officers weapons and the power to arrest people.

A city councillor who wants to be mayor of Toronto is likely to raise some eyebrows with his latest proposal.

Giorgio Mammoliti says bylaw-enforcement officers should be armed with guns.

Mammoliti says bylaw officers are often the first to arrive at crime scenes or an emergency, but can’t do much because they don’t have the power.

He wants to give them the power to arrest people caught posting signs or painting graffiti on city property.

He says a lot of graffiti is the work of gang members and that the bylaw for defacing city property isn’t being enforced due to a lack of resources.

Mammoliti wants to increase the fine for defacing city property to $5000 dollars.

He also says young offenders nabbed painting graffiti or posting flyers on bus stops or hydro posts should be subject to community service — along with their parents.

Now I have to say that this is a load of crap. I understand that By-Law officers are in danger sometimes but I think giving them handguns is the wrong thing to do. By-law officers do not respond to emergencies and they rarely need to arrest people. The maximum penalty for breaking a By-Law is a fine or community service. Neither of these things requires the person to be arrested. Don’t forget complaints. Maybe a dog in a residential neighbourhood is barking loudly and someone calls a By-Law officer (which people rarely do). This would mean a person with a gun is going to show up to a noise complaint against a dog. I can see how people will react to that.

Then there is this part,

He also says young offenders nabbed painting graffiti or posting flyers on bus stops or hydro posts should be subject to community service — along with their parents.

I’m sorry, am I missing something? Why do the parents need to be subject to a fine or community service? Thats like someone committing murder and the police arresting their parents also because it’s somehow their fault their son or daughter turned out that way.

I believe that there are many campaigns to reduce the number of guns on city streets. This is just putting more out there whether they are in the hands of “law enforcement officers” or not.

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