In an unprecedented move, Windsor police chief Gary Smith has publicly apologized to the Muslim community for the "embarrassment" caused by his tactical officers — a move that doesn't sit well with the head of the city's cop union.
"In my belief, this isn't a cultural issue," said Ed Parent, president of the Windsor Police Association and a former tactical officer. "These officers had a warrant to arrest someone. They went in, and they arrested this person.… That's it."
Smith held a news conference at police headquarters Thursday to address concerns about "the cultural sensitivity of Windsor police officers" stemming from arrests on Oct. 31.
Acting on a request by the RCMP and FBI, tactical officers arrested Windsor residents Mohammad Al-Sahli, 33, and Yassir Ali Khan, 30, in connection with a radical Islamic group based in Detroit.