Fantino doesn’t want to face black leader

Rating: NNNNNYes, chief Julian Fantino will be at the Alternatives To Use Of Force conference sponsored by the Urban Alliance.


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Yes, chief Julian Fantino will be at the Alternatives To Use Of Force conference sponsored by the Urban Alliance on Race Relations later this month.

But it was touch-and-go there for a while when word reached UARR prez Bob Katz through a subordinate of the chief’s that Julie “might not like it” if Dudley Laws of the Black Action Defence Committee was planning to attend.

“It’s possible someone was guessing for him (Fantino),” says Katz.

“On the other hand, he could have been the puppeteer behind the scenes.”

Outside the gay community, Fantino has shown a strange reluctance to face his critics.

Laws, one of this city’s more vocal police critics, says that rather than try to score PR points with his town hall meetings, Fantino should be asking for forgiveness for past police shootings of blacks.

Police spokespeople did not respond to NOW’s request for comment. As for the conference, Laws says he’s “not going to be intimidated” into not attending.

Back in the early 90s, Fantino was involved in a police operation that landed Laws in jail on immigrant-smuggling charges that were later dismissed on appeal.

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