By Allan Woods
Police plan to create a force made up of city officials and emergency services to crack down on illegal raves, after-hours clubs and gun-related violence. Toronto’s chief of police announced Tuesday at police headquarters.
“We have all witnessed for too many acts of violence related to these activities,” Chief Julian Fantino said. “Simply stated, enough is enough.”
The police-led “strike force” plans to untie municipal and provincial police forces and implement stronger sentences for firearm offences.
A hotline similar to CrimeStoppers, is also planned so concerned citizens can report problems.
The creation of the forces comes after a string of overdoses and death related to the rave drug ecstasy, including the death of Ryerson business student Allen Ho, 21, after attending a rave in October.
More recently, two bouncers at two separate downtown after-hours clubs were shot and killed by patrons.
The date for an inquest, called to look into Ho’s death and other rave problems, will be set in the next two weeks.