Premier Dalton McGuinty wrongfully Unapologetic For Civil Rights Violations.
Top Toronto cop refuses to resign as G20 criticism grows Toronto G20 biggest was the ‘compromise of civil liberties’ in Canadian history: they now both should resign or should make quick work at making all of brutalizing police officers to account for their despicable conduct during the G20 Summit protests.
Police? Perhaps you aren’t aware of our charter right to assemble and protest? Canada’s police forces are known too often to be pretentious, abusive, and incompetently managed. The rising police state and Constitutional dictatorship in Canada includes:
Police not autonomous from the government; heightened armed police presence; rising police abuses; video surveillance and community cameras; control of mainstream media; criminalization of society; arbitrary search and seizure; civilian complaint mechanism against the police deliberately undermined by the state; antiterrorism measures that violate basic human rights; radio frequency identification; surveillance legislation; clandestine internet, cell phone, telephone and mail monitoring; data bases of personal information; firearm confiscation and prohibition; martial law; mass arrests; arbitrary ‘preventative’ detention; carrying and providing identification ‘papers’ when challenged by police or deputized private security agents; degrading distinction between the law and the exercise of political power by the executive; enacting ‘secret’ laws behind closed doors; restrictions on civil mobility; and encroachments on the democratic freedom to express or communicate political or other views.
The so-called secret G20 law slammed next now by Ontario’s watchdog as being deliberately shrouded in confusion was simply dishonest, immoral, abusive. Premier Dalton McGuinty himself next had said the Ontario government acted with too much haste when it passed the law giving police more powers. The provincial opposition parties next had blasted McGuinty for passing the G20 law in secret. The 1939 Public Works Protection Act was originally passed to protect court houses and public buildings after Canada declared war on Germany. Updating it to give police extra powers during the G20 was probably a mistake, McGuinty admitted. The revamped Ontario’s provincial Liberal regulation led people to wrongly believe police had the power to demand identification and detain anyone coming within five metres of the G20 security fence. That precipitated a mass violation of civil rights, in the opinion of Ontario’s ombudsman. More than 1,000 people were arrested during the summit. Of that group about 300 were charged and, five months later, few are still facing those charges. The ombudsman rightfully had blasted the Liberal government for giving police wartime powers and for making a “premeditated, conscious decision” to keep the extra powers secret from the public. The bad RCMP were also aware that the Toronto police were going to use the act. Federal Public Safety Minister Vic Toews next had said that he knew nothing about the Ontario government’s decision to give police in Toronto sweeping powers during the summit. But what good did he do about it?
Federal Public Safety Minister Vic Toews denies knowing at the time about Ontario’s decision to pass a law giving police heightened powers during the G20 summer summit in Toronto. It comes after the province’s ombudsman, André Marin, tabled a scathing report this week on security decisions at the G20 that he said lead to the “most massive compromise of civil liberties in Canadian history.” Marin’s report also raised questions about the federal role in the security decisions for the G8 and G20 summits in June.But Toews, the minister responsible for the RCMP, insisted the decision to give police special powers at the summit was a provincial matter that had nothing to do with him or his department.”You’re talking about the regulation that the McGuinty government passed? It was sometime after the G8/G20 event,” Toews told reporters Wednesday when asked about when he learned of Ontario’s passing changes to the Public Works Protection Act.” I certainly wasn’t aware of the concerns that were being raised with the bill.”That statement contradicts at least one of the findings of Marin, whose report suggests the RCMP and Toews’s department did know about the Toronto police request to have the controversial regulation passed. he ombudsman said the RCMP and, by extension, Toews’s department, should have known. Marin added that part of the reason why Toronto police turned to the Ontario government was that federal officials were reluctant to use an existing federal law for security. Liberal public safety critic Mark Holland said the federal government is simply refusing to be accountable. “It is absolutely ludicrous they would say they’re not responsible for security when they headed the task force that integrated and co-ordinated all security,” Holland said Wednesday. “On the one hand, they led it all. And on the other hand, they say they have no responsiblity.” All three opposition parties are now calling for a full public inquiry into summit security, while Holland said attempts by the Commons public safety committee to get to the bottom of the federal role have gone nowhere.
How a man named Nobody became the battered face of G20 protests Globe and Mail - Adam Nobody was face down, his arms held behind his back, and a police officer’s fist smashing into his face, a now infamous video shows. He had left his house to see what the G20 protests were about. Now he was under arrest. … John Bridge, who shot the video of Mr. Nobody’s arrest swore an affidavit that Mr. Nobody did not attack any of the police officers, and was not armed. One of the key questions is who arrested Mr. Nobody. The officer listed on the arrest record provided a badge number that doesn’t correspond to anyone on the Toronto force, according to the SIU, or to any officer believed to have worked in G20 policing. At his court appearance last month, the Crown conceded that there was no evidence to support the assault charge. The Crown lawyer said the officers’ notes did not indicate an assault had taken place. The Crown also said Mr. Nobody’s “assaultive behaviour” did not amount to reasonable and probable grounds for arrest. “The Chief of the largest police service in the country has made an allegation of fabricating evidence against Mr. Nobody and Mr. Bridge in circumstances where, apparently, according to the arrest document, the police have falsified a badge number,” Mr. Falconer said. “The police refuse to come forward to acknowledge who beat Mr. Nobody. This is the stuff of totalitarian regimes.”
If four officers can kill a man at an international airport and avoid prosecution, why do you think the police will punished when they commit lesser crimes? If they can get away with murder, why would they not get away with anything else?If an off-duty officer can commit a hit and run, killing a teenage motorcyclist, and then go home and ‘have a few shots to calm his nerves,’ only to revisit the accident scene drunk, and not be held accountable, then do you think that when a cop smashes your face in because you are advocating for democracy at a protest rally, that he will be charged? If you break the law, the police will arrest you, interrogate you, and charge you if they feel that a successful conviction will be obtained. Then Crown will then use tax dollars to make sure that you are convicted of a crime. When police commit crimes, they are never treated the same way. They are given every possible chance to avoid prosecution. Why is this so?.. all that is required to become a police officer is a high school diploma. To defend capitalism with a stick, you can’t have an enforcer who understands the system and questions his role in it, rather, you need a meat-head who lusts for petty power. Bring in civilian oversight and education standards.
The Special Investigations Unit said in a Tuesday release it will take a fresh look at the case of Adam Nobody, 27, whose nose and cheekbone were broken during a June 26 protest at Queen’s Park.
In the case of Adam Nobody it is crystal clear that his serious injuries came at the hands of police officers (even it it is not possible to identify them). I
The SIU’s initial investigation determined that excessive force was “probably” used, but it couldn’t determine which specific officer was responsible for causing the injuries.
In arriving at that conclusion, the SIU interviewed a civilian witness and eight officer witnesses, as well as reviewing a video of the arrest that was posted on YouTube.
The video shows about a half-dozen police officers chasing and then tackling Nobody at Queen’s Park. SIU director Ian Scott said the video appeared to show one of the officers striking Nobody repeatedly while he was on the ground.
Blair claims that the video was “doctored” “fabricated” “false” “tampered”
Blair claimed that a “forensic analysis” was performed on the tape. We know that this is not possible since there was no “tape” it was a digital file.
Blair also states that the police were engaged with an “ARMED person” (Mr. Nobody). If this is the case where is the weapon Mr. Blair?
Blair is making strong accusations against private citizens for which there is no basis. If Blair cannot back up these scurrilous allegations he should be fired.
If Blair cannot back up his claims he himself should be charged with obstruction of justice and criminal breach of trust. A Chief of Police cannot just make up stuff and get away with it.
We cannot have any faith in our Police service as long as Blair is the Chief.
there were many peacful protesters that felt like they were victims of excessive use force and Police Brutality.
And…nothing will happen. The police deny everything, close ranks, demonize the accusers, and get away with crimes no one else could. They’re nothing but lowlife thugs who found a job.
Please tell me where in the law the police are allowed to fracture a man’s skull in the process of arresting him for a non-violent offence?
Given the condition these people were housed in after arrest, the police brutality… I don’t care if the people accused are guilty or innocent, their treatment is unacceptable in either case.
Toronto police Const. Babak Andalib-Goortani was charged Tuesday with assault with a weapon in the takedown of Adam Nobody at the Ontario legislature during the June summit.