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Alok Mukherjee alleges Toronto police chief Mark Saunders “deliberately” engaged in misrepresentation with intent of damaging his reputation

Former police board chair files complaint against Chief Saunders, police board

The former Toronto police board chair is alleging Toronto police chief Mark Saunders has “violated his oath of office as Chief of Police” in a complaint made to the province’s police watchdog Wednesday.

Alok Mukherjee, left, former chair of Toronto Police Services Board, has laid a formal complaint against Toronto police chief Mark Saunders, right.

TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO Alok Mukherjee, left, former chair of Toronto Police Services Board, has laid a formal complaint against Toronto police chief Mark Saunders, right.

By: News reporter, Published on Wed Jan 20 2016

Nine months ago, as he introduced Mark Saunders as the unanimous choice for the next Toronto police chief, Alok Mukherjee praised the longtime cop as someone who will lead with a “spirit of co-operation.”

Then the chair of the Toronto Police Services Board, Mukherjee favourably described Saunders as someone who “likes a good argument.”

On Wednesday, one such argument erupted between the former chair and the chief, as Mukherjee filed a complaint about Saunders to the province’s police watchdog, alleging the new chief had “violated his oath of office.”

It is the latest sign of turmoil within the Toronto police force, now in the midst of a heated dispute between reformers and those accused of being resistant to change.

In a complaint filed Wednesday to the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD), Mukherjee is alleging Saunders “deliberately” engaged in misrepresentation “with the malicious intent of damaging my reputation” in comments the chief made to the Star earlier this month, stating an op-ed piece by the ex-chair contained “inaccurate” information. (…)

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