Spokesmen for the Church of Scientology say a raid... - 1983-03-04
TORONTO -- Spokesmen for the Church of Scientology say a raid on their headquarters by 100 Ontario Provincial Police officers, some wielding sledgehammers to break down steel-reinforced doors, was instigated by psychiatrists and former church members.
The police, armed Thursday with a 15-page two-day search warrant signed by Chief Provincial Court Judge Frederick C. Hayes, searched the church's offices, located on four floors of a downtown Toronto building, as part of a two-year investigation related to tax and consumer fraud, the OPP reported.
In a statement read by spokesman Scott Carmichael, the scientologists charged that complaints from former members of the church were behind the police investigation. He suggested that psychiatrists, angered by the church's stand against electro-shock treatment, may have encouraged the action.