TTC requests investigation into Union Station fight

How altercation started is critical, Byford tells Observer

CEO Andy Byford has requested a police investigation into an incident which occurred in January and recently surfaced in an online video, according a statement released by the Toronto Transit Commission on April 1.

Chief Bill Blair has asked the Professional Standards Unit to investigate.

On January 29, two men were involved in a fight with Transit Enforcement Officers at Union Station.

“It’s really important that the full facts are known,” Byford told the Observer on April 2 at York Mills Station. “For that reason, I’m very keen that there should be an independent investigation.”

“The incident did not involve a fare dispute,” the TTC statement said.

“What needs to be remembered is that most people have only seen the social media,” Byford said. “What is critical is how the altercation happened in the first place.”

According to the TTC, complaints regarding the conduct of Special Constables can be reviewed by the Professional Standards Unit.

“Given the seriousness of this matter, the TTC has requested the police … review the incident.”

Police will be looking at the entire incident, including video posted to social media, in addition to CCTV footage provided by the TTC.

Byford said the TTC would be providing the police with “the critical TTC entrance video which captures how the incident started.”

TTC Special Constables on Dipity. by November Chernick/Toronto Observer