Toronto police officer strips naked “hundreds” of people

Const. Sasa Sljivo told court on Dec. 11 he has stripped “hundreds” of people completely naked, which is against police policy as laid out by the Supreme Court.

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Police officers Sasa Sljivo, right, and Tim Lee stop to chat to a local resident at Fifth Street in 22 Division in March 2012. Sljivo told court recently he has stripped "hundreds" of people naked while doing routine searches after arrests.


A Toronto police officer recently testified in court that he has stripped “hundreds” of people completely naked as part of routine searches, despite police policy stating that must not be done.

Const. Sasa Sljivo’s shocking admission came during a trial for Lerondo Smith, charged with drug trafficking and breaching conditions.

To strip someone completely naked is against rules laid out by the Supreme Court in 2001. Any evidence discovered during a fully naked search can be deemed a breach of charter rights and tossed from court, thereby jeopardizing a case.

The Star sent an extensive email to police with a dozen questions about Sljivo’s testimony. Police spokesman Mark Pugash told the Star that “investigators are looking into this case. We will take whatever action is necessary.”


Repeated attempts to reach Sljivo were unsuccessful.

On Dec. 13, the Crown dropped the charges against Smith when the judge tossed the evidence — 6.5 grams of crack that Smith had allegedly stashed in his buttocks — on the grounds of unlawful arrest, stemming from “significant inconsistencies in police testimony.”

While the strip search didn’t weigh in her decision, Justice Bonnie Croll did voice concern about it.

Sljivo, a beat cop in 22 Division, told court on Dec. 11 he had Smith strip naked after being arrested on July 9, 2012. He then said this was standard procedure.

“In the hundreds of (strip) searches, sir, it’s been your practice to have the prisoner be completely naked?” asked Smith’s lawyer, Erec Rolfe.

“Yes,” Sljivo replied.

The officer said he was unaware of the court case that laid out the proper procedure.

Under questioning by Crown attorney Maryse Nassar, Sljivo confirmed his strip-search method and the reasons for it.

“So that there’s never any concealment method,” he replied. “If somebody is wearing an extra-long shirt, per se, that might cover an area where we need to check and we might miss something.”

“You indicated you had done about 200 strip searches or did you say —”

“Hundreds,” Sljivo said, interrupting Nassar.

“I’m sorry, OK,” Nassar said. “Have you ever done it any other way in all the strip searches you’ve done?”

“No,” Sljivo said.

He told court he was trained by his coach officer, a police mentor, to strip-search people fully naked.

The Supreme Court put in place its rules so as to maintain a suspect’s dignity and to prevent a demeaning and humiliating experience in violation of charter rights.

Toronto police adopted those rules in its procedure information sheet regarding “searches of person.”

Its policy states exactly how “level 3” searches should be conducted: in a private room with closed doors, with officers of the same sex, and without videotaping. Once a piece of clothing is removed, the person is searched along with the clothing; then it must be replaced and the next piece removed, and so on.

In April, a judge threw out a case against a 12-year-old boy who brought a gun to an elementary school because he had been stripped naked after his arrest.

Sljivo and Const. Tim Lee arrested Smith for being too close to the intersection of Lake Shore Blvd. W. and Islington Ave. in violation of conditions from a previous arrest.

The officers told court they recalled an image of Smith on the “bail board” at 22 Division. They arrested Smith, then took him into the station, where they received authorization from their boss to conduct a “level 3” strip search, which is normal for those joining the general population in jail.

“It’s for officer safety to make sure Mr. Smith isn’t carrying any further weapons or any other evidence,” Sljivo told court.

The officers asked Smith to remove clothing, which they searched, until he was completely naked. At that point Smith pulled 6.5 grams of crack from his buttocks, Sljivo testified. The officers then told Smith to spread his buttocks to make sure he wasn’t hiding anything else, Sljivo told court. Smith was charged with trafficking and breach of conditions.

Rolfe, Smith’s lawyer, called the officer’s testimony “very problematic.”

“It’s shameful that more than a decade after the Supreme Court ruling police are still doing this,” he told the Star. “It’s a humiliating procedure. I hope this case results in a change in police training.”

In an email, the Star asked Pugash whether Sljivo or Lee have ever been disciplined, whether the completely naked strip searches are pervasive, and what strip-search training is given to officers. It’s also not known if Sljivo’s “hundreds” of improper strip searches have jeopardized other cases.

Pugash did not answer those specific questions.

The force has come under fire this year about the sheer number of strip searches being conducted. The police board now requires the chief to report the number of “level 3” and “level 4” strip searches annually.




Commentary by the Ottawa Mens Centre

Wow, big thank you to the Toronto Star and Liam Casey for bringing us this story.  I'm willing to bet he is now a marked man with the Toronto Police and any other police force in Canada.

Our Canadian Police have slowly escalated their abuses of charter rights to the point that they are out of control.

Take the Ottawa Police det. Peter Vanderzander who fabricates evidence to NOT press charges against violent women and or fabricates evidence to claim a female perpertrator must have been provoked.

Fabrication of Evidence as part of the Ottawa Police War on Fathers is just all in a days work at the Partner Assault Group.


Then it goes to the man hating extreme feminist Crown's of Vivian Lee and Tara Dobec who have swamped the Ottawa Criminal Court with a case load that is years before a case gets to trial.

These two corrupt crowns have a pathological hatred of men and abuse their powers on a habitual basis to prosecute male victims of domestic violence while giving a free pass to the most violent of women.


These two corrupt Crowns and their partners in crime, the Ottawa Police Partner Group, encourage women to be violent towards men, that is, they promote hatred and violence towards men who are too scared to report abuse to the Police.


They work as a tag team with the corrupt man hating Children's Aid Society where Child Protection Workers like Phillip Hiltz-Laforge fabricate evidence with impunity and the CAS installed Judges stay silent while rubber stamping any and all cases for the Corrupt Child Abusing Children's Aid Society of  Ottawa.