News Unplugged – Friday, Nov. 20
Man sues Toronto police for $5M wrongful arrest
Toronto police officers are facing a $5 Million dollar lawsuit from Santokh Bola – a 21 year old, intellectually challenged man from Woodbridge, Ontario. On November 1st, Bola was in the parking lot of his family’s store, when Toronto police wrongly arrested him for an attempted burglary in the area. Video footage of the incident shows several police officers with drawn guns violently beating Bola to the ground, despite his pleads of innocence. As a result, Bola has suffered physically and mentally in the aftermath of the attack, and his family hopes to find justice.
Paris attacks leader, Abdelhamid Abaaoud killed in raid
Last Wednesday, alleged ringleader of Paris attacks, Abaaoud was killed in a French police raid in Paris suburb, Saint Denis. Since the terrorist attacks last Friday that left 129 citizens dead, French President, Hollande has taken severe measures to combat Islamic State terrorists, and has extended France’s state of emergency for an additional three months from November 26th.
Islamophobia rampant in Toronto
Over the past week, there has been a spike in Islamophobic hate crimes committed in the GTA as a result of public outcry over the Paris attacks. In the most recent incident, two Muslim women were verbally assaulted on a TTC train at Shelbourne Station. Three individuals on board the train made Islamophobic slurs against the Muslim women, and allegedly, pushed one of them. Meanwhile, Islamophobic graffiti has been found on a GO train on the Lakeshore corridor in one of its bathrooms. In addition, last Monday a Muslim mother was beaten and robbed by two men after dropping off her children at Flemington Park, public school in North York. Spokespeople from both the TTC and GO Transit have made statements that the crimes do not reflect the beliefs of their organizations in any way.
Ex-Subway spokesman jailed for child pornography
Yesterday morning, former subway spokesman, Jared Fogle was sentenced to 15 years in prison for child pornography and sex charges. In testifying for the defense of Fogle at the hearing, psychiatrist, John Bradford claimed that Fogle’s “hypersexuality” was a direct result of rapid weight loss, as the spokesman is most well known for losing weight on a diet that included Subway sandwiches. Subway has since fired Fogle, and he has already begun to pay the $1.4 million in restitution to his 14 victims.
Palestinian attacks in Israel and West Bank kill five
On Thursday, two attacks in Israel and the West Bank have resulted in 5 deaths. In the first attack, two Israelis died in a stabbing by a Palestinian man outside of a synagogue in Tel Aviv. Later that day, an attacker opened fire from their car in a Jewish settlement, crashing into several civilians, and resulting in the deaths of another Israeli, as well as an 18 year old Jewish American tourist and a Palestinian. Terrorist organization, Hamas has taken to twitter to praise the attackers for their actions, fueling the hate-filled crime. Israeli prime minister, Netanyahu has vowed to punish the terrorists by stating “There is no immunity for terrorists: We will hold them to account, we will exact a price from their families, we will destroy their homes, and we will cancel their citizenship.”