A 31-year-old man charged with first-degree murder in the death of Toronto police Constable Jeffrey Northrup has been released on bail. According to City News, Umar Zameer was released on $335,000 bail.
According to police, Zameer intentionally drove a vehicle into Constable Jeffrey Northup on July 2, in the City Hall parking lot. As a result of being struck, Northup was pronounced dead.
Premier Doug Ford says the decision to release the 31-year-old out on bail is "beyond comprehension."
"It's completely unacceptable that the person charged for this heinous crime is now out on bail. Our justice system needs to get its act together and start putting victims and their families ahead of criminals," Ford wrote.
Zameer is released under the conditions of being under house arrest, being banned from driving. He must also wear an electronic ankle bracelet and surrender his passport.
“Mr. Zameer’s family is very pleased with the outcome of today’s hearing. They welcome him home. I know it comes amidst a tragedy for Officer Northrup’s family, and again express my condolences,” wrote Zameer’s legal representative, Nader R. Hasan, in a statement to 680 NEWS.
“The publication ban prevents me from discussing the evidence from the hearing or the reasons that led to the Court to conclude that Mr. Zameer should get bail. We have advised the Court and the Crown of our intention to seek to vary the terms of the publication ban so that the public will better understand this case and why the Court reached this decision.”
Zameer’s next court appearance is scheduled for October 1, 2021.