Christopher Hominuk: The Next Russell Williams?
Toronto police officer Christopher Hominuk has gone unpunished for committing the crime of torture.
Torture, according to the United Nations Convention Against Torture is:
"...any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him, or a third person, information or a confession... when such pain or suffering is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity."
In spite of damning video evidence that clearly shows he tortured Canadian citizens, Hominuk was allowed to plead guilty to a farcically minimized charge that insults the Canadian justice system and puts innocent Canadian citizens in danger going forward.
In light of the Col. Russell Williams psychopath infiltration fiasco, the question begs: how many other psychopaths are active within our army and police forces?
The Hominuk case - and every other case of documented police brutality - should remain open until the following issues are addressed by independent investigators:
1. How often has Toronto Police Service officer Chris Hominuk been abusing and torturing prisoners during his 13 year career? Any warning signs of previous psychopathic behavior?
2. Back in 1998 while he was a rookie in training, did senior Toronto cops train Hominuk to abuse and torture prisoners? Is criminal brutality a decades-old tradition in the Toronto Police Service? How prevalent is psychopathy among the ranks?
3. Is Chris Hominuk the next Col. Russell Williams? A psychopath who gains a trusted position of authority, complete with gun and badge and uniform, only to leave a trail of bad acts and destroyed lives in his wake?
It's time for change. It's time for civilian oversight of all Canadian police forces so we can weed out officers like Chris Hominuk as early as possible - not 13 years too late.
But don't expect answers or change anytime soon. Corruption is rampant within the Toronto Police - how many of them took off their name tags and beat unarmed citizens in a designated protest area during the G20?