Durham regional police officer to face discipline over inappropriate tweets
A Durham regional police officer will be facing discipline over inappropriate tweets made to the Ontario ombudsman and a Toronto politician.
On Aug. 8, ombudsman Andre Marin received several tweets from an account identified as ``Joe Mayo,'' prior to a news conference he was holding on the shooting of 18-year-old Sammy Yatim by Toronto police.
Tweets from the same account had previously been sent to a Toronto city councillor, criticizing her position on Yatim's death.
Durham deputy Chief Paul Martin says an internal investigation determined that a police officer identified by the ombudsman as the source of the tweets had nothing to do with the Joe Mayo account.
The officer was on annual leave and had no idea the Twitter account even existed, and investigators say it had been opened by a fellow police officer without his knowledge or consent.
Martin says the police officer behind the tweets, a Durham regional police detective, remains on duty but has been removed from his current assignment.