Case of man charged with Toronto officer’s murder put over until August

By The Canadian Press, News Staff

A 31-year-old man charged with first-degree murder in the death of a Toronto police officer made a brief court appearance Friday afternoon.

Umar Zameer is charged in the death of Constable Jeffrey Northrup, who was struck by a car in a parking at Toronto City Hall earlier this month while investigating reports of a robbery in progress.

Police said he died after being intentionally struck by a vehicle.

Following a brief appearance before a judge, Zameer’s case was put over to Aug. 13.

Nader Hasan, Zameer’s lawyer, spoke to the media outside the courthouse, calling on everyone to keep an open mind when it comes to what he called a “terrible, terrible tragedy for all of those involved.”

“When this matter goes to trial the complete story of what took place in that City Hall parking lot will emerge. It would be a mistake to assume that Mr. Zameer is guilty just because he’s been charged with a very serious offense or because a dedicated public servant died on the job during this tragic event,” said Hasan.

“It is important that you recognize that thus far you have been told only of an allegation, devoid of any context or detail about what is said to have taken place. When this matter goes to trial the evidence, not conjecture, not speculation will fill in that detail and context. And until that time I ask that you keep an open mind and that you not rush to judgement.”

Northrup’s funeral was held last week at which Toronto police Chief James Ramer recalled his “unshakable commitment” to policing.

Northrup served the force for 31-and-a-half years.

“Jeff loved his job and did it with diligence and dedication,” Ramer said

“Your service and your sacrifice will never be forgotten.”


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