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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Coleman- on Assault Charges against Clr. Ferguson

Journalist Joey Coleman released the following statement with respect to the OPP not proceeding with charges against Clr, Lloyd Ferguson for assault.

The OPP is not proceeding to charges related to Mr. Lloyd Ferguson’s assault against myself on February 26, 2014 which occurred in the public foyer of Council Chambers at City Hall.

The OPP must weigh numerous factors in determining whether to prosecute offences and I agree with their decision that public interest is not best served by using court time and resources on this matter.

The OPP concluded that Mr. Ferguson’s actions were wrong and unjustified.

I wish to thank my fellow Hamiltonians for their support and both the Hamilton Police Service, and the Ontario Provincial Police for their professionalism.

Though I respect how these events have concluded, I do request that Council consider formal action to rescind former Integrity Commissioner Mr. Basse’s flawed report, a report that has been widely criticized , and a report that untruthfully maligns my character. I hope to work with staff to see this action taken.

Where these events might undermine public confidence in our civic government and civilian oversight of policing, increasing cynicism and disengagement, I implore the public to stay engaged with an inquisitive eye on City Hall.

My final message is thank everyone for your support. The strong support from the community is what enables me to continue my work.


Mr. Coleman's statement appears on his site. Click here to go there

4 comments:

  1. AnonymousMay 28, 2015

    "Though I respect how these events have concluded, I do request that Council consider formal action to rescind former Integrity Commissioner Mr. Basse’s flawed report, a report that has been widely criticized , and a report that untruthfully maligns my character. I hope to work with staff to see this action taken."

    Good for you Joey. The last several reports filed by Basse should be rescinded. I am sure we will hear much more about this.

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  2. I am not surprised by the outcome. I imagine there are many times when police are called to investigate and while they see the matter as meeting the definition of a crime being committed, they decide to use their discretion and settle things by other means - apology, or some other acceptable and appropriate remedy.

    In Ferguson's case, the fact that he is on the Police Board makes things look very badly for him. At the very least, he ought to have stepped down. But arrogance is rampant for many members of this council. Ferguson says he knew he would be vindicated and wants this whole thing to go away.

    That shows just how out of touch this man is with what really happened here. While the police make a judgment call, it does not erase the fact that Mr., Coeman was physically handled and assaulted by a member of this council.

    If any of them had any sense of morality, they would have a problem with Ferguson remaining on the police board and as a Councillor.

    In terms of Basse, it is not worth mentioning. The report, like many of his others, was so weak that it can't be taken seriously.
    Sorce

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  3. AnonymousMay 29, 2015

    @Coleman. You have cause to sue the city over allowing the Basse report.

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  4. Ferguson has no business staying on council. Force the thug to resign. He's a blight on the city.

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