CBC’s The Fifth Estate gives what is, in my estimation, one of the most balanced reports on what happened during the G20 in Toronto that I have seen in the mainstream media. And you can watch the whole thing here:
The woman in question has launched a $1.6 million lawsuit against the Toronto Police. Yesterday, the Toronto Police finally opened a criminal investigation against officers into the use of rubber bullets on protesters at point-blank range.
Here’s a video from the incident, clearing showing police advancing within several meters of a protester and unloading several rubber bullets into a woman:
Personally, I believe this officer should be charged with reckless endangerment of human life, and assault with a deadly weapon with the intention to cause bodily harm.
I also think he should be shot with rubber bullets at point blank range without body armour on, in order to feel what it’s like. But that’s just angry-Mike talking.
Here’s hoping for a conviction and a severe sentence. And extra intellectual demerit points for every conservative police defender who uses the “cut the guy a break, he was doing a tough job in a tough situation” argument. A ridiculous argument which said morons only prescribe to police and military, to the exclusion of everyone else.
Said morons want tougher penalties, longer sentences and stiffer enforcement. But when it comes to police, they want “understanding” for the “tough job” that police do.
I expect to hear such sympathy from these authoritarian masturbators, the next time a guy has a tough day at work, comes home and beats his children and wife. Or steals food from the grocery store because he’s short on cash.
Yeah, when I hear conservative, pro-police morons extend such “understanding” universally, I’ll consider it a valid argument position.
Stephen Harper and his government are one of the few Western countries that have not formally commented on or condemned the violent suppression of pro-democracy protesters in Egypt.
After seeing disturbing scenes like this, one wonders when Canada will formally show some concern:
Oh, that’s right. I forgot. We condone this sort of thing in Canada:
Joe Warmington has been one of the few columnists who’s been brave and tenacious enough to take on what he saw as a gross violation of civil rights during the G20 summit in Toronto last summer.
In fact, he’s probably been one of the most important figures in turning the perceptive tide against the Toronto Police since. He has incessantly stayed on this issue and helped keep the issue alive — along with the Toronto Star — such that it has not simply been lost in the news cycle.
It seems that his efforts have not gone unnoticed. Especially by some members of the Toronto Police Services. Yesterday, Joe Warmington received what can only be considered a veiled threat from a Facebook account allegedly held by a Toronto Police officer. Read more…
Okay. The headline is not charitable. But I’m not feeling very charitable towards Mr. Peter Worthington of the Toronto Sun.
Worthington, is a well-known conservative pontificator in the Greater Toronto Area. And he’s someone who I never really liked, personally. Even back when I had more partisan leanings. When I was still wet behind the ears. Mainly because his commentary doesn’t even really come off as anything approaching intelligent.
If you want an intelligent socially conservative commentator — even if they’re still all wrong — there’s plenty to go around. But Worthington doesn’t get to bear the distinction.
Let’s explore why:
When Ontario ombudsman Andre Marin calls security operations at the G20 “the most massive compromise of civil liberties in Canadian history,” either he is indulging in hyperbole (as often is his wont), or he doesn’t know much history.
To many, the implementation of the War Measures Act during the 1970 FLQ crisis was a greater “compromise” of civil liberties than the G20 — as was the 1919 general strike in Winnipeg that saw the Royal Northwest Mounted Police ride horses into strikers, clubbing them down, and killing two.
Judged by demonstrations in other parts of the civilized world, the G20 excesses were modest and limited. But this is Canada, not the rest of the world, and much of what happened is distressing to Canadians.
We tend to work ourselves into a lather over inconsequentialities.
For one thing, police — maybe 100 of them — removing their identification badges was both cowardly and wrong. And is rightly condemned. Pity that Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair wasn’t more distressed at that violation than he appeared to be. (Source: The Toronto Sun)
I’ll be on the Rob Breakenridge Show tonight at 11Pm Eastern / 9pm Mountain Time on AM770 CHQR in Alberta tonight, talking the most recent developments about the G20 policing in Toronto.
You can listen in live here.
And here’s the podcast in case you missed it.
And you can put that in your pipe and smoke it.
After the devastating report from the Ontario Ombudsman, Toronto’s lying chief of police has stuck to the story that he “honestly believed” in the so-called “five metre rule”. And when he realized that he was wrong, he informed his officers that the rule was contained to within the perimetre.
Five metres, eh?
Okay, liar. Explain this search:
Or, this one:
Or, this one:
The Ontario Ombudsman office has concluded what people like myself have known all along, from what we saw with our own eyes, and experienced first hand. That, during the G20 summit in Toronto, police acted in a way that was not consistent with our fundamental legal rights. Rather, they outright violated them.
Arbitrary arrests, arbitrary detention, and arbitrary search were conducted en masse, across the city, from Allen Gardens to Parkdale, and everywhere in between. And they continued to be conducted even a full 24-hours after the summit, for which the security of it’s attendees was ostensibly the reason therein.
Even with the security of the G20 leaders in mind, the government and the police have no proper authority to suspend basic civil liberties, even in the cause of security for the summit. Security does not come before our basic civil rights, and to be presumed innocent before the law, to not be detained, searched or arrested without proper cause.
Certain law and order types, unfortunately, do not believe that this should be the case. In fact, they’re far too willing to give the state and police leeway to violate rights in the name of security. This is extremely unfortunate. Especially considering, in my experience, these same people are among the biggest detractors of human rights commissions for the very reason they do not believe these commissions uphold “real” rights, and do not follow “real” due process. Read more…
I’m not sure if the events of the past decade have caught much of your attention. Although I’m sure you got a good view of despicable acts of terrorism on September 11th from your perch on Liberty Island.
The reason for my writing you, is to bring you up-to-speed on what’s been transpiring these intervening years. I fear the news will not go over well.
Since that fateful day, America’s children and her cousins in the greater western world have been engaged in political programmes of war, security and outright contempt for the values that you embodied and inspired in the thousands upon thousands of liberty-seeking migrants who you greeted on a daily basis into the majesty of New York Harbour. Read more…
If you still think the police response at the Toronto G20 was appropriate, you need to see these videos below.
This documentary series, compiled from hundreds of sources, also contains a minute-by-minute documentation of the riot that supposedly justified the police over-reaction.
For those who bought into the sensationalist nonsense that the riot was “out of control”, and necessitated a city-wide crackdown, you need to see these videos. It will damage your impression.
In fact, as you watch the segments of the black bloc protest, you may leave yourself asking just how far flung those theories of police intentionally allowing the black bloc to burn police cars really are. I know I’m asking myself that.
The contrast in the way the police attacked and brutalized peaceful demonstrators, and in some very disturbing cases, innocent bystanders, while doing nothing to intercede against those actually committing crimes is, well, Kafkaesque in the extreme.
We need a judicial inquiry.
It shouldn’t matter what your politics are. What these videos show is disturbing. Particularly the targeting of non-participant bystanders — such as myself.