Friday, January 21, 2011
No. You're wrong.
*there is a shorter video of this, but this gives more context*
You're wrong. So very, very wrong. I don't even CARE if someone else told you to say that. Whether they be a fellow officer OR a commanding officer. You have to use your head and THINK about what you are saying. You do realize that this leaves you as one of the faces of what went wrong that weekend. In one media story you stated you were not sensitive, and that if you were, all the comments directed to you would make you cry. GOOD. At least we know your not completely morally bankrupt.
It's good that this video came to light again. It feels like this might be about the right time to see again WHY some people are still fuming about this months later. The reasons of course are many, but nothing more succinct than 'this ain't Canada right now" ... and "there is no Civil Rights in this area".
First, speak proper English. This ISN'T Canada right now...and there ARE no Civil Rights. There, I fixed it for you.
Second, he called you on it. He called you on it, and your response was to intimidate him. He called you on it, and you lied about your authority. He called you on it, and you seem to think the whole block is less than 5 meters. He called you on it, and you will lose.
"and there's unlawful assemblies going on all around us."
Yup...the same as ANY other summer day. This seems like a very stock answer for this occasion since it opens them up to arrest anyone for breach of the peace. Well, actually it DOESN'T... It's lazy policing since there is NO WAY for an individual to take legal action since the police can only hold you for so long, and there is no actual charge. The only recourse under Canadian Law is to sue. There is no real way to have the police charged with kidnapping (which is basically what it is). For a breach of the peace to have occurred, an unlawful assembly must be declared AND give the entire group 5 minutes or more to leave the area. See...they already 'declared' the unlawful assembly...so they don't have to wait. Neat trick isn't it?
By the way...if this wasn't Canada, I was apparently living outside of the country for a few days. For tax purposes, can you let me know how many days I was out of country? Also, why were my Canadian tax dollars paying for something like this outside of Canada?