April 01, 2015

WATCH: Chaotic melee involving TTC officers at Toronto's Union Station

Rebel Staff

Shocking footage of a physical altercation at Union Station after a Toronto Maple Leafs game has gone viral.

The video, shot in January, shows TTC enforcement officers punch two men.

TTC CEO Andy Byford has asked Toronto police to investigate, according to the Toronto Star.

At the time of the video, both TTC employees were transit enforcement officers, not special constables. One has since become a special constable. The difference between the two is a special constable has the power to arrest someone, while an enforcement official does not.

The men attacked have been identified as 33-year-old Jamie Gillman and 63-year-old Russell Gillman.

Both men have been charged with assault and uttering threats. Jamie faces two counts of assault while Russell faces one.

The TTC issued a statement saying, “The TTC wants to ensure that any use-of-force by its officers is justified and that approved procedures are always followed.”

Watch the video for yourself and sound off in the comments: do you agree with how the TTC employees handled the situation?

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commented 2015-04-04 13:48:51 -0400
Even if those two guys deserved to be arrested (and I’m not convinced they were), I don’t think that punching the shit out of them is in any handbook on how to make an arrest. These two ‘cops’ simply lost it and they should be punished.
commented 2015-04-03 12:56:08 -0400
It seems to me that we don’t see any “professionalism” when it comes to law enforcement anymore. Whether it’s the Police or the “Police Wannabees” unfortunately some of them act like the thugs they are apprehending.
Let me say that I do not paint all law enforcement officers with the same brush, but this video shows a TTC officer definately trying to escalate the situation to possibly beat the guy even more.
A sad,sad example of law enforcement.
commented 2015-04-02 21:53:57 -0400
To the Rebel staff, please educate yourself before making idiotic comments. Anyone can make a citizen’s arrest when the offence committed is an indictable offence, assault is an indictable criminal offence. Also, you should have watched the video yourself and have your headlines read properly, citizen punches TTC enforcement officer, not the other way around. I usually support your stories but this one is total bullshit.
commented 2015-04-02 12:21:00 -0400
So interesting video and I understand most are looking at the man detained and the two transit enforcement officers. However. If YOU saw someone being assaulted like that, would you film it, ignore it and walk away, or break the aggressive mans legs to teach him a lesson? lol Typical school yard bully mentality and typical school yard mob mentality at play here. I believe most of society today are cowards and unwilling to support someone being assaulted whether they ask for it or not.

I personally believe the aggressive individual should not be on that job, that the people surrounding them had more than sufficient able bodied men to stop and detain this individual until the police arrived, and that this is a systemic problem in an apathetic society.

Most of those people wanted to see a fight rather than intervene. They should watch UFC instead, they’re SO much better.
commented 2015-04-01 23:07:00 -0400
As partially explained on newscasts:
The key is that they are not police.
They were at the time of the incident, transit enforcement officers with no power to arrest, only to detain while awaiting arrival of police.
If they had been special constables, they would have had power of arrest but only under one condition, being assaulted in the performance of their duties.
commented 2015-04-01 21:37:41 -0400
He was placed under arrest…period!! Anything he does after that other than complying with the officer’s directions, is unlawful and constitutes obstruction and/or resisting arrest under the Criminal Code. Right or wrong he needs to comply and then fight it in court. Like it or not that is how the administration of justice operates, if it were to operate on the principle of you must comply unless you think the officers wrong then please point out who wouldn’t think the officer was in the wrong? They would be fighting all the time, besides if that is how things worked what would we need judges for?
commented 2015-04-01 20:32:52 -0400
The one with the mustache should be fired, charged with assault and sued for pain, suffering and mental anguish. He was obviously only interested in causing harm. If he is not a natural born Canadian he should be sent to the hell hole he was born in.
commented 2015-04-01 18:58:45 -0400
Public transit sucks. Build roads.
commented 2015-04-01 18:28:39 -0400
I think you had to be there. I can’t see enough in the video to make a call on this one.
commented 2015-04-01 18:27:49 -0400
He was being detained, while being belligerent and vocal. He must have done something to get to that point where the transit security had to make an entrance. It is always convenient to have a video of only the “second” half of one of those altercations and not have the pre-story. When he grabbed the TTC official on the collar with both hands, he was fair game to take a bit of a beating. I drove for a transit property for 32 years and saw way to many times people like that, and the problems they create to have any sympathy for his side of the argument.
commented 2015-04-01 17:38:12 -0400
It’s very hard to determine who is in the right without knowing the events that led up to that point, but from what the video tells, it only really shows a victims point of view. It’s not known just from this video if the victim brought about the use of force through his own actions. Judgement on a partial video is often tricky this way.

But from what I did see, Jamie Gillman and his father, Russell Gillman, were accosted by the TTC enforcers, and attacked for no crime other than buying a ticket. At the point Jamie was detained against the wall, he was explaining his side of the story, with a bleeding mouth. It appears he was struggling to get free of the hold the officials had on his, but not enough to warrant the resulting punches thrown. He wasn’t even resisting or fighting back. Russell tried to stop the altercation, to no avail in the conflict. Shortly after, the police arrested both of them. Does this look or even sound like justified use of force? I think not. But as I said, without knowing what happened prior to the start of the video, it’s a guessing game. Only those who were there know what truly happened. How it is going to play out is anyone’s guess.