‘I’m not going to be intimidated by these guys’: Pharmacist’s rant about police harassment
A pharmacy worker in Scarborough is calling on the police to stop harassing him, after he complained about a “lack of respect” and an inability to keep his business running.
Mariano’s Pharmacy is in the area of St. Joseph’s and St. Thomas roads, and a number of customers have told CBC News they are not happy about the “bizarre” behaviour of officers on foot and in cars.
One man said he was approached by two officers in a car, and one of the officers grabbed his wrist.
“I was walking through the pharmacy when the police officer walked up behind me and said, ‘you have to pay attention,'” said Mariano’s owner, Mario Martinez.
“He didn’t say anything, but I thought that was a warning.
It didn’t sound like a warning, but he did.
He was aggressive.
The man, who asked not to be named, said he paid his bill and left.””
The second time, he said, he’s going to arrest you and take you away.”
The man, who asked not to be named, said he paid his bill and left.
“It was just so weird, I couldn’t believe it,” he said.
“It was kind of scary.
He wasn’t even looking at me.”
A third man, Mariano said, called police to report that he saw two officers walking on St. James St. The officer told the man to get off his property, and then walked off.
He said he had seen police earlier this week.
“There was one of them in front of my house.
He didn’t even look at me, but it was like, ‘OK, well we got your attention, you got that,'” he said.”
He also complained that he had received a phone call from the police and said he thought he had been stopped for something and that he thought it was a misunderstanding.”
He was just like, [I’m] not going too much, I’m not walking.
I don’t think they had any reason to be there.””
I don’t know why they were there.
I don’t think they had any reason to be there.”
Martinez said he has heard from other customers who have been harassed by police officers, and the city has promised to review their complaints.
“If you call us, we’ll talk to you,” he told CBC Radio’s Metro Morning on Friday.
“This has been going on for the past two or three years.
There’s been so many incidents.
If we don’t take action, it will continue to happen.”
Police are not commenting on any specific incident.