Windsor police officer is under internal review after Arby’s incident


Windsor police are conducting an internal review after an officer refused her food at a local Arby’s restaurant when he saw the employee take a knee — a sign of protest against police violence and racism towards the Black community.When the duty officer noticed that the employees making the gesture, he cancelled the order, requested a refund and took a photo before leaving, according to the Windsor police.

The officer of the service, and then sent the photo to an officer who posted the photo to his social media account with details of the incident, which took place on Friday.

In the post, the service agent said that Arby’s denied his colleague’s food, and has also suggested that the restaurant should not count on him to respond to a service call at this location, if necessary.

Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens said he wants to hear the point of view of the Arby’s employees know how the city can ” do better “. (Dale Molnar/CBC)

In a statement, Monday, Windsor police said the off-duty officer is under an internal review and that no investigation has been launched into the Arby’s restaurant or its employees.

In addition, Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens said Monday that if he was in the officer’s position, he would also have handed the food out of ” concern “.

Dilkens added that he would like to hear the point of view of employees, in order to know what they think we could do better “to improve the situation and” make them feel comfortable not to have to take a knee. “

Photo violates the law, according to an expert,

According to Brenda McPhail, director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, privacy, technology and the monitoring of the project, the picture violates the law and “should never have been taken” by the officer of the service.

“This situation was not in a situation where it was going to be used for the purposes of the application of the law, and it was not necessary for a legally authorized activity, so it should not have happened,” McPhail said, adding that it is the conclusion of the Ontario Municipal freedom of Information and Protection of privacy.

She added that this scenario is complicated because the person who posted the photo was an agent of service.

Brenda McPhail of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association has stated that the photo would never have been taken and that it contravenes the law. (Sameer Chhabra/CBC)

The publication of the incident, McPhail said, might also put in danger the life of the Arby’s employees at risk, adding that it may also have a deterrent effect on others who want to exercise their rights before the officers.

In response to the incident, the Windsor police, said they are in support of these kinds of “lawful and peaceful demonstrations,” and not to close the eyes on the social media post of the off-duty officer.

“The Windsor Police Service does not allow, nor do we support the message that is displayed by the off-duty officer,” reads an excerpt of Monday of the declaration. “We want to reassure the community that the safety of everyone is paramount, and our agents always respond to all service calls. ”

Windsor police added that the incident “requires constructive discourse rather than of animosity” and noted that the force has reached all parties involved ” with an invitation to dialogue. “


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