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Friday, January 28, 2011

The narrative. Always with the narrative.

There are times when it's possible to allow oneself a small measure of optimism, and kayn ayhoreh, this might be one of those times.

Militaristic display and tribal bonding ritual over with, we're back to the slow and painstaking business of ferreting out and exposing the truth about the G20. More and more details continue to emerge about police brutality, fundamental rights being steamrollered, citizens being abused and assaulted, and the Blue Wall enabling and perpetuating the whole sordid pattern.

While it's nice to see the SIU actually getting its thumb out, let's not get ahead of ourselves. It's not as if we've suddenly got a reason to think anything substantive is going to come of any re-opened investigations. No, the value is in the fact that these things are back in the news.

Ultimately, that's the best way ordinary folks like us have of holding these swine accountable. Videos that capture them in the act, posted on the net so that everyone can see them for what they are. Naming names so that they can reap the public scorn they deserve.

There's a lot more to say, of course. We need to talk more about what makes cops think it's OK to act like this. And we should pay more attention to a pathological organizational culture that makes it just about impossible for any single cop to follow his or her conscience. And trust me, that'll happen too.

But for now, that's why we have to keep hammering away at this. Exposure. Names. Video. Pictures. That's the story we need to keep telling, over and over. Police went apeshit on us during the G20. People were assaulted, threatened, abused and tortured, and we're not going to forgive and forget.

So keep those letters and pictures coming.

(h/t @paisleyrae)

1 comment:

  1. They'll keep coming because dumb-ass thugs will provide the material.