Terminate Todd Bennett from BPS

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Constable Todd Bennett is a member of the Belleville Police Service. Todd Bennett posted a photo on Facebook of him wearing a shirt with a picture of the confederate flag on it. When questioned about the shirt on social media, Bennett responded with "I'm wearing the real Independence Day shirt! The South will rise again. Trump 2020." Bennett has been heard demeaning both black and indigenous Canadians, claiming they are 'more likely to commit acts of violence" and bragging about using discriminatory policing practices against minorities.

Bennett has been accused by multiple women of inappropriate behaviour and comments, as well as mishandling reports of sexual assault by making fun of victims or not taking them seriously.

All of these incidents and more have been documented and detailed in a Facebook post available here.

Belleville Police Service responded on Twitter on June 3rd by saying that Todd Bennett has since removed the Facebook post and apologized. This is not enough. This is not an isolated incident. This is not just one bad apple.

The community of Belleville is calling for a thorough and independent investigation of this police officer's behaviour, and every other officer for that matter. We would like these complaints addressed appropriately. An apology means nothing to victims of discrimination and abuse. Todd Bennett needs to face tangible and meaningful discipline for his racist and sexually predatory behaviour. The Belleville Police Service needs to be thoroughly looked at as a whole for allowing this behaviour to continue.