A Toronto police officer has resigned after the department announced he had created a social media account on the eve of the Toronto police shooting of Sammy Yatim, in which he fatally shot a black man, the Star has learned.
Sgt. Daniel Lacy resigned from the Toronto Police Service on Wednesday, after a video of him and others using profane language and swearing at a Toronto man went viral.
The officer’s account was removed a few hours after the incident occurred, and he did not return calls for comment.
Lacy has not been identified by name in the videos.
The Star has contacted Toronto police and its acting chief of staff to find out more about Lacy’s role in the account.
A statement from the police said the officer has been suspended and “will not be returning calls for service.”
It was not clear how long Lacy had been employed with the force.
Lacey was an eight-year veteran of the force, and a six-year member of the reserve force, the force said in a statement.
Lately, Lacy and his wife, Kelly, were seen driving on the same street, the statement said.
“This is not the first time a Toronto police force member has engaged in conduct that has been deemed offensive or disruptive to others.
As the member who has been charged with the death of Sammy, we ask that the public accept the responsibility of respecting the wishes of our family and respecting the privacy of our loved ones,” the statement continued.
Laysie Lacy was arrested on Monday night after officers responding to a call in which a man was shot in the back was shot by a third officer, who then tried to cover up his actions.
The video, posted to Lacy, showed Lacy saying “F— you” to a black and white man, before saying “I have a problem with your name.”
In the second video, Laysies wife can be heard saying, “You got a problem?” to the man and “Fuck you” while cursing at him.
The man then gets up and leaves, then Lacy appears to take the officer’s gun and try to get out of the car.
When the officer tries to chase the suspect, Lacey, who is holding his gun, shouts “Get back in the car!”
The officer then gets out of his car and kicks Laysied in the head.
“You know what?
You can’t get away from me,” Laysiys wife can been heard telling the officer.
“I’m not going to back down.
You better run, I’m not giving you the chance.”
Lacy then starts walking away from the car, but the officer gets back in his car, pulls out his gun and fires at Laysided.
“F-ck you, f-ck your name, f— you,” Laying can be seen saying.
The Toronto police have not yet released the full video of the shooting.
Layers of video appear to show Laysying lying face down on the ground, with Lacy holding his face in the air as he is shot.
The police say Laysier was handcuffed at the time of the incident, but Lacy is not wearing a police uniform.
Laidley was charged with first-degree murder, aggravated assault and criminal negligence causing death.
He was released on a promise to appear in court, and has since been fired from the force after posting bail.
The city of Toronto said Laysy’s family has filed a civil rights complaint with the city’s Integrity Commissioner.
In the meantime, police are still investigating what exactly happened.
Lary was placed on administrative leave, the city said, pending the outcome of the investigation.
The Ontario Provincial Police and the Ontario Provincial Ambulance Service were also called in to help.
“These officers have been placed on leave pending the completion of the Police Complaints Board investigation,” Toronto Police spokeswoman Cpl.
Jennifer Simpson said in an email.
The board investigates allegations of police misconduct and investigates police officers who are accused of misconduct.
“We have no further comment at this time,” Simpson said.
The allegations against Layside came amid a nationwide debate about police misconduct following the death in November of Eric Garner in New York City.
The case prompted protests and calls for an independent probe by police oversight groups.
Lydall’s lawyer said he would not comment on the allegations against him until the investigation is completed.
Laly was charged after a grand jury indicted him on charges including manslaughter, manslaughter by a police officer, second-degree assault and possession of cocaine.
He pleaded not guilty in October.
The grand jury decision in Laysider’s case is the latest development in a long-running police-community feud.
Earlier this year, the Toronto Star reported that the Toronto District School Board suspended Lacy for two days after a report revealed that he had used racist slurs against students.
Lady, who has since resigned, was the first police officer in the city to be placed on paid leave