TORONTO : A Toronto City police officer who faked to be a stranded passenger in front of TV cameras in a water-logged train before TV crews during last week’s flash flooding, has been disciplined. He may face cut in his pay.
Const. Nickolas Dorazio, along with other cops, went to help about 1,400 passengers stranded on the flooded GO train on the Richmond Hill line. He told TV crews on the site that he too was a passenger on the stranded train. He wrapped an orange towel around his shoulders to hide his uniform so that he looked like any other passenger.
But his prank didn’t go down well with his bosses. Calling his cop’s behaviour `shameful,’ Toronto Police chief Bill Blair said on Wednesday that Const. Nickolas Dorazio has ben disciplined.
Calling his behaviour `stupid,’ the police chief told Newstalk 1010 radio network that such conduct was an “eyebrow raiser” and undermined public confidence in Toronto Police.
“We’ve dealt with this. The matter’s been looked into. It was somebody’s idea of a joke, and it was not funny,” the Toronto Police chief said.
Toronto Police Association president Mike McCormack said the disciplined officer could face pay cut. “There was no malice meant by it. It was just misplaced humour that went too far,” the police union president said.