Sunday, December 12, 2010 thoughts.

I know I don't seem to update this much...but here's a little something...

With everything that has happened over the last week and a half with regards to the recent G20 Summit in Toronto, I decided it was finally time to watch G20 Exposed.
I got to part 4 before feeling the need to write. Hearing what was said at the time, versus what is being said now, there is absolutely no doubt that the actions of the various governments and police forces need to be reviewed. This review MUST have the power to lay charges, and the power of subpoena. There is NO DOUBT now that we were lied to at the time, and the lies continue to this day. Witness the recent smearing of Adam Nobody and the person that took the video of him being beaten by police. And then the admission that the Police Chief was wrong about what he said, that he ‘misspoke’ or ‘over spoke’. There is a big difference between ‘armed and violent’ and ‘unarmed and non-violent’. You should NOT be able to confuse the two. The same thing can be said with ‘doctored’ and ‘tampered with’ versus missing time. I’m sorry but if you can confuse apples and oranges, you shouldn’t be in charge.

If you only watch one part of the documentary, watch part 4. By definition, excessive force is usually defined by ‘more force than in necessary’. What you hear in part 4 is, by its very definition, excessive force. Ripping off a man’s prosthetic leg and then telling him to walk, and when he can’t, hop, is disgusting behaviour at best. To then drag him, have his head squished into the ground, elbows digging into the ground, accusing him of having a weapon, resisting arrest, throw him on the ground, kick and then throw him in a van. I could barely get through the second interview without wanting to throw up a little. It was purely disgusting.

This is NOT how policing is done in Canada. If this is the new norm, than we need to seriously look at re-writing the rules for these people who work for us. There is no doubt that the police over-stepped their bounds.

“But there were riots…” Yes, and very few if any arrests were made for those acts of VANDALISM during the time, and within the week following. Watch the video footage of the ‘riot’. There were no cops ANYWHERE after it broke out. “They had to protect the fence…” There were other officers assigned to do that. I know as I could see them from my front window. From my roof, I could see a lot of cops in alleyways. They were not stopping the vandalism and they were not protecting the fence. And even if they DID get to the fence, through the line of police there, they couldn’t have gotten over it. And if they DID manage to get over it, they couldn’t have gotten to far with all the police INSIDE the fence. At NO TIME was the delegation ever in danger. Never, NOT ONCE. There was NO reason for the police to retreat from the black bloc.

The wall of silence needs to be broken. Individual police officers need to come forward and tell the public what they know. Do it anonymously, do it in front of 50 cameras. I don’t care, just do it. Can you not see that every time your Police Chief lies, it hurts YOU. It’s YOUR reputation on the line, it’s YOUR interactions with the community, it’s YOUR safety that is jeopardized when your Police Chief lies to the public. Police often appeal to the public for help in solving murders, stating one of the reasons many crimes go unsolved for so long is because no one wants to come forward. You see how we feel? Do you think it is possible that the reason people distrust the police is quite possibly your own fault? By not speaking out about your own when they make mistakes, and break the very laws they’re supposed to uphold? Most of Toronto’s Police force are commendable, but if you stay silent and know about any sort of wrong doing, you are no better than those who actually committed the crime.

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