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London Chief of Police Steve WilliamsCTV screenshot

(LifeSiteNews) — When Toronto Police tweeted out a photo of a bearded man on June 30 with the caption “News Release – Missing Woman, Ryerson Avenue and Bathurst Street area, Isobella Degrace, 27,” much of the internet was reduced to gales of laughter.

Our Emperor Has No Clothes moments have been coming in fast and hard for the last decade or so, but the sheer contrast between the photo and the caption encapsulated the ludicrousness of it all. The fact that it was an official police account made it even more ridiculous — to think of the enforcers of law and order being compelled to parrot such obvious lies, really is revelatory.

Gender ideology corrupts every institution it touches, but there is something particularly pitiful about watching the police knuckle under. In the U.K., the cops have regularly been called upon to bully ordinary citizens who have dared express dissent, and a recent incident in Canada highlighted the extent to which law enforcement has been domesticated by the transgender movement.

According to CTV, London Chief of Police Steve Williams has come forward to apologize for “deadnaming” transgender activist Clara Sorrenti. “Deadnaming” is the recently invented practice of referring to someone by the name found on their birth certificate, which generally reflects their biological sex.

Sorrenti, known online as Keffals, is a Canadian Twitch streamer and trans activist who has run for the Communist Party of Canada. Sorrenti was arrested earlier this month after someone sent emails to city councillors, that Sorrenti says were fraudulent, claiming that the trans activist planned to do harm to family members and politicians. The email included Sorrenti’s “deadname,” and the police also used the name during the arrest as well as a wellness check the following week. The activist promptly started a GoFundMe (raising almost $100,000 in less than a week.) Sorrenti is (naturally) accusing the London Police of transphobia, among other things.

In response, the London police have come out groveling. Here’s how CTV covered the story:

London police Chief Steve Williams says he understands the distress that can be caused to a transgender person when their ‘dead name’ (birth name) or incorrect gender is used during an interaction with his officers, and commits to make the necessary changes to internal databases and training.

“My understanding is that it is humiliating, it is disrespectful, and it is hurtful,” says Williams.

“I’m really hesitant to blame an officers for something that we have not prepared him or her for. I own this as the chief, and our organization needs to shift and adapt to 2022,” Williams explains in his first interview with CTV News since transgender activist and online streamer Clara Sorrenti was referred to by the wrong gender and name last week.

Further, Williams has committed to full re-education for the entire 900 members of the force. “Every few years [the training] is refreshed, but clearly there are some gaps and we can do better,” Williams stated. “LGBTQ2S+” leaders will be brought in to help develop a process whereby police databases can be updated with the new names of those who identify as transgender, and will also help put together officer training once the London police completes their internal review of this traumatizing incident.

“I want to get their thoughts on where we need to go,” Williams said obediently. “I believe there are opportunities for education and training.” (This is standard for an official apology to the LGBT community — the target of criticism has to be grateful for accusations of homophobia or transphobia because it presents an “opportunity” for “learning.” The language is almost identical in each apology.) This incident is also an opportunity to ensure that police records are changed “in a very respectful, quick, and thoughtful way.”

This incident reveals, once again, the cultural power that trans activists wield in Canada. Can you imagine, only a few years ago, an entire police force getting re-educated by LGBT activists after officers refer to someone by the name contained in the police database? Or a police chief apologizing for offending a transgender activist for something that is very obviously not the fault of the police? Or, for that matter, everybody playing along and pretending that this is normal and not ridiculous?

Probably not. In terms of cultural change, 2010 was a very, very long time ago.

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Jonathon Van Maren is a public speaker, writer, and pro-life activist. His commentary has been translated into more than eight languages and published widely online as well as print newspapers such as the Jewish Independent, the National Post, the Hamilton Spectator and others. He has received an award for combating anti-Semitism in print from the Jewish organization B’nai Brith. His commentary has been featured on CTV Primetime, Global News, EWTN, and the CBC as well as dozens of radio stations and news outlets in Canada and the United States.

He speaks on a wide variety of cultural topics across North America at universities, high schools, churches, and other functions. Some of these topics include abortion, pornography, the Sexual Revolution, and euthanasia. Jonathon holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in history from Simon Fraser University, and is the communications director for the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform.

Jonathon’s first book, The Culture War, was released in 2016.