It was supposed to be a joke, but Toronto police were not amused by the behavior of an employee. During a record rainfall on July 8, as stranded passengers waited for rescue on a flooded GO Train, a police officer decided to pose as a victim and give a TV interview.
Nickolas Dorazio posed as a shivering flood victim wrapped in an orange towel and praising police heroics in a television interview.
“I’m just glad that one of the officers there — he actually picked me up,” Dorazio said in the interview. “I couldn’t believe it.”
That was not true. Dorazio was actually a plainclothes police constable with the Major Crimes Unit.
Since the interview, he has been disciplined, removed from the unit and placed on patrol duty.
“It was a very tough night for a lot of people. It was harrowing,” he said. “To see someone behaving this way is very disappointing,” said Toronto Police spokesperson Mark Pugash.
With files from CBC.
Listen to Nickolas Dorazio’s fake interview: