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