Toronto Stop the Cuts condemns Rob Ford for his aggression against his wife Renata and their children, and the Toronto Police for protecting him

Toronto Stop the Cuts condemns Rob Ford for his aggression against his wife Renata and their children, and the Toronto Police for protecting him

The Toronto Star reports that on Oct 25, 2011 and Dec 25, 2011 police were called to Mayor Rob Ford’s home because of a so-called ‘domestic disturbance’. According to reports, on Dec 25th, Ford’s mother-in-law called police after Ford threatened to take his children to Florida against his wife’s wishes. Ford was not charged by police on either occasion. Ford has previous charges for assaulting Renata and uttering a death threat against her in 2008. The charges were later dropped by authorities. http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1108648–911-calls-to-ford-s-home-a-sensitive-issue?bn=1

As activists opposing violence against women and children, we know that police often look the other way when called to a home where a man has assaulted his partner and/or children. We know that police are far less likely to lay charges when the perpetrator is white, rich, and/or a Canadian citizen. It is no coincidence that police refused to charge Ford – a millionaire who also happens to be their boss’ boss.

Ford, a man with a known history of violence, should never have been elected mayor. He now holds a position that affords him greater protection from prosecution – he sits on the police board and holds the highest office in the city. Ironically, as mayor, he now has the power to slash services that women and children fleeing violence desperately need. In January, through the 2012 budget process, he will try his best to close shelters across the city, including Women’s Residence Bellwoods House, a shelter for women over 50. He also plans to cut funding to social housing, children’s programs, subsidized childcare spaces, grants to programs for survivors of violence and services for immigrants – these cuts disproportionately affect women.

Toronto Stop the Cuts condemns Mayor Ford’s aggression toward his wife Renata and their children. We demand that he immediately resign from office. We call on others to pressure their city councillors to impeach Ford. We condemn the Toronto Police for so often protecting perpetrators of violence against women and children. We condemn the Toronto Police for the violence that the police force itself is responsible for on a daily basis. We demand better services for women and children fleeing violence and pledge to fight cuts to services that make this city less safe for all marginalized people.

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