Torontoist asked me to review the OIRPD’s report on police overreaction during the G20 summit here in Toronto, so I did.
So, a contact of mine from Quebec was complaining about a new law to stop the protestors, and I was wondering if you have anything to say or if I should look for info on that elsewhere. Can you please help?
Hey, at least there’s some positive law and order news: Department of Justice tells Baltimore PD, and by implication all U.S. police, to stop trying to prevent the public from recording their activities. http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/05/justice-dept-defends-publics-constitutional-right-to-record-cops/
Blair needs to resign or be forced out, along with some of his immediate subordinates. The police association there needs to stop circling the wagons around bad cops and give up the few who are destroying public confidence in the idea of police entirely (this is a fairly common fallback with police associations, of course).
Ultimately, the blame falls with one man. The schoolyard thug who threw the G20 conference into Toronto in the first place, knowing exactly what would happen, and who spent a billion plus dollars for the express purposes of stroking his own bloody ego.
Yes, the idiot who currently occupies the Prime Minister’s office.
And for the record… I’m a conservative. Just can’t vote Conservative, and doubt I will anytime soon, not with the braying neo-con jackals and religious right puritans running the party federally and provincially.
It’s going to be a long three years to the next election…
The malfeasance that I think is, by orders of magnitude, the worst is the non-identifiability of the police at the G20.
– it establishes ironclad mens rea, since there is an explicit duty to be identifiable
– it is certainly outside any cycle of over-reaction between the cops & protesters
– in fact, the protesters DID have to identify themselves! (and were arrested until they did so)
– it is the keystone malfeasance that enables all the others… if the report recognizes how flex-cuffs made so much else possible, any shred of pragmatic honesty would admit that cop anonymity enabled so much more misconduct than flex-cuffs, and still continues to prevent remedies for it!
Essentially, police anonymity should be viewed as the bright-line between atavistic thuggery and civilized keeping of order.
+2 bonus points for working the word “keystone” in there, highlyverbal. That’s on top of your ten point base score for being entirely correct.
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