Toronto city councillors who voted against defunding police face vandalism, online backlash

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Discussion posted by: David McNamara

Toronto residents pushed back on city councillors who voted last week against defunding the city police budget by 10 percent. The sixteen dissenters are now facing backlash in the form of angry correspondence and slander pasted to office windows. Among them, Councillor Ana Bailão found “I Am Oppressing My Neighbour” taped to the front of her constituency office. The “OPP” was painted in red to reference the Ontario Provincial Police. Others expressed their discontent with phone calls and social media rants. One unsettled resident said she spent an hour calling all of the Toronto councillors who opposed Councillor Josh Matlow’s defund-the-police motion.