Toronto Police officer suspended for firearms offenses

Update:

Knuckle Duster Brass Knuckles. Officers with the Canadian Border Services Agency found seven knives, a pair of brass knuckles, pepper spray, and a pair of handcuffs in a vehicle of a Veteran Toronto Police Officer crossing the border. Why did he need knives, brass knuckles and pepper spray – for what purpose?

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Const. Antonio Da Costa was caught bringing an unlicensed Colt revolver, brass knuckles, and knives across the Fort Erie Peace Bridge in 2014.

A veteran Toronto Police officer has been suspended for 20 days by an internal disciplinary tribunal after he was caught bringing an unlicensed revolver, brass knuckles, and a prohibited knife into Canada in 2014.

According to a sentencing document summarizing the heading, Const. Antonio Da Costa, a 28 year veteran of the force, was searched while travelling back into Canada across the Fort Erie Peace Bridge. He was off-duty at the time.

Officers with the Canadian Border Services Agency found seven knives, a pair of brass knuckles, pepper spray, and a pair of handcuffs in his vehicle. One of the knives was considered a “prohibited” weapon. Inside a blue personal bag marked with an officer’s badge, CBSA officers found a loaded .38 Colt Cobra revolver and ammunition. None of the weapons were registered to Da Costa.

According to the document, Da Costa co-operated fully, and told the arresting officers that he had several other weapons stored at his house in Ontario. A search by investigators the next day turned up a .22 caliber rifle and a 9mm handgun. Da Costa didn’t have the license for either weapon.

He eventually pleaded guilty in a Welland-area courtroom to one count of carrying a pistol without a license, and another count of carrying a prohibited weapon without a license. Unspecified substance abuse issues were factored into his sentence, according to the document: three years probation and conditional release.

Da Costa was not convicted of a criminal offense.

Defense counsel Gary Clewley said during the tribunal that Da Costa had a reputation for being hard-working and professional for much of his career with the Toronto Police.

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