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Mukherjee in trouble again for social media post

The chair of the Toronto Police Services Board is once again under fire for a post made on social media.

Alok Mukherjee posted a controversial photo to his Facebook page last year, which appeared to make light of domestic violence.

According to the National Post, the text in the photo read “Marriage is like a deck of cards. In the beginning all you need is two hearts and a diamond. By the end, you wish you had a club and a spade.”

Mayor John Tory called the incident troubling.

“I think people in senior positions of public service have to be very careful and have to set a higher standard when it comes to their Facebook postings,” Tory told the media on Wednesday. “These things trouble me.”

Mukherjee deleted his Facebook page earlier this week.

The report of the April 2013 incident comes just days after Toronto Police Association president Mike McCormack called for Mukherjee’s resignation from the board over another Facebook post in which he shared an Occupy Wall Street post that compares the number of Americans killed by ISIL, Ebola and U.S. police.

McCormack said the post “clearly demonstrates Mukherjee’s bias against police officers.”

Mukherjee said the police union was using the incident to attack him politically and that he would not be stepping down.

“I believe it’s an attack,” he said. “It’s an attempt to prevent me from being able to carry on my responsibilities (and) my duties. It has larger implications.”

Tory wouldn’t comment on whether the incidents merited Mukherjee’s resignation.

“Any discussion about what goes on with the police services board will be taking place at the police services board which, as you know, is meeting next week,” he said. “I am really just commenting over and over again…on the standard that has to be set by people in these senior positions of public responsibility and the kind of judgement that they’re expected to exercise in those positions. If there are no more Facebook postings I won’t have any more comments.”

CityNews has reached out to Mukherjee for a comment but he has yet to comment.

With files from Michael Talbot