Toronto Police Get Ahead of Themselves, Again

Headline: Toronto police stand by move to release photo of alleged beer tosser
Outlet: The Globe And Mail
Release Date: 10/06/2016

“Sean Dewart, a Toronto lawyer who does work involving police accountability, said that if it was later determined that Mr. Pagan was wrongly identified, he would have to prove that Toronto Police acted with malice in releasing his photo in any defamation lawsuit. Otherwise, police would be able to claim qualified privilege in publicizing the image.

‘As long as they have some reasonable basis for thinking that he’s done it, the police are fine and he’s without a remedy. And conversely, if they were just taking a shot in the dark because there was public attention to this occurrence, then they have some explaining to do,’ Mr. Dewart said.”