Nobody's sure exactly who the two men were who allegedly flashed police badges when they entered the all-female Hussihop at a U of T campus bar. Julia Garro, who helped organize the November 18 fundraiser for the two women charged in the Pussy Palace raid, says volunteers working the door and security at the Hanger allowed two men who identified themselves as officers to come in and check the premises -- including the washroom -- before leaving. The two men departed in a police cruiser, Garro says the witnesses told her.
"I've investigated that rumour, and no officers from 52 Division attended the Hanger in the University of Toronto grounds," says 52 Division superintendent Aidan Maher. "I found it very unusual that they stated that these were plain-clothes officers, allegedly, who went into the premises, and they then left and got into a marked vehicle. I still don't know if it's a marked police vehicle."
Garro says the bouncers at the door were given strict instructions not to let males in, and had already turned away several. The men would have required some ID to gain entry.
"There were only two ways we could treat it: as guys off the street who happen to have a police cruiser and badges and were just desperate to get in to look at our washrooms, which doesn't sound to me like a very believable story," she says. "Or for whatever reason, (the police) don't have a record that this happened."