Officer who arrested van rampage suspect among those honoured at Blue Jays game

The last time we saw him, Const. Ken Lam was facing down a man pointing a black object at him which could have been a gun.

A man who’d allegedly mowed down pedestrians on Yonge St., steering his van onto the sidewalk. Ten innocent people killed in the rampage, 16 injured.

Const. Ken Lam, the man who apprehended and arrested suspect Alek Minassian during the van attack, is celebrated on Canada Day during the baseball game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Detroit Tigers at the Rogers Centre.  (CARLOS OSORIO / TORONTO STAR)

Cellphone video captured Lam in that heart-thumping standoff with the suspect, who appeared to dare the cop to shoot him.

Lam did not.

It was a remarkable display of cool and calm under pressure, the officer walking towards the suspect, lowering him to the ground and snapping cuffs on his wrists.

Not a word has been heard from Lam since — though it’s known the 7-year career officer reported for roll call at 6 a.m. the next day.

Had trouble sleeping, said Deputy Police Chief Peter Yuen.

Little wonder.

But there Lam was on Sunday, Canada Day, in uniform and on the field at the Rogers Centre.

A standing ovation from the crowd, at least those paying attention to the introductions on an afternoon when the franchise paid tribute to the 13 officers who were first to arrive at the scene of the Yonge St. tragedy and members of the Canadian Forces.

Together with Lieut.-Gen. Mike Rouleau, commander of Canadian Joint Force Operation Command, Lam threw out the ceremonial opening pitch in Toronto’s game against the Detroit Tigers.

Still not talking — as Lam cannot because he’ll be a key trial witness eventually — but smiling widely, so wide you could practically see the back of his teeth.

Lam, 47, was born in Toronto, son of a former Hong Kong cop who now runs a restaurant in Markham. Lam spent 14 years as an engineer before switching to law enforcement.

Following the April incident, Yuen said of Lam: “The public has bestowed on him the hero status. He doesn’t want it. But he is very appreciative.”

Right man. Right place. Right time.

Rosie DiManno is a columnist based in Toronto covering sports and current affairs. Follow her on Twitter: @rdimanno



Commentary by the Ottawa Mens Centre

Congratulations to Rosie DiManno and the Toronto Star for a great news article.

This is an example of a credible cop, not the rotten cop variety that we have in Ottawa with the likes of Peter Van Der Zander Wayne Samuel Smith No 880, or Van T Nguyen not to mention all their superior officers like Norm Friol etc.

On this Canada day, spare a thought for the thousands of wrongfully convicted Canadian Fathers who rot in Canadian Concentration Camps on evidence that would never have allowed a criminal conviction when "corroboration" was required.

Now, Fathers' do not have the fairness of the Salem Witch Trials thanks to

the politicians who install cycophant psychopaths for judges to make political decisions

rather than anything that resembles a legal decision.

Ottawa Mens Centre