Comment 109832

By Fred Street (anonymous) | Posted March 01, 2015 at 23:57:20

Sanctions or no sanctions, Sam Merulla wants city council to rescind fellow councillor Lloyd Ferguson's appointment to the Hamilton Police Services Board.

Merulla issued a notice of motion Sunday, seeking a second opinion on a report released last week by the city's integrity commissioner, Earl Basse, into a pushing incident involving Ferguson at City Hall last year.

In the report, Basse determined Ferguson had violated council's code of conduct when he pushed independent journalist Joey Coleman.

Merulla calls it "outrageous" that the integrity commissioner didn't recommend sanctions against Ferguson.

He'd also like a "third party police service such as the Ontario Provincial Police" to investigate the matter.

In the meantime, he'd like to see Ferguson — who is chair of the police board — step down as chair of the board.

"Anyone that admits assault I don't think is deserving of being on the police board," Merulla said Sunday, referring to Ferguson's apology the day after the incident.

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