So I finished watching the fifth estate documentary about the G20 (kindly posted by Dr. Dawg), and now that the initial rush of rage has subsided, let's talk Godwin for a minute.
I'm fastening on Liar-in-Chief Bill Blair's reaction when he's shown video evidence of cops clearly using excessive force for no apparent reason. After a montage of unprovoked beatings, rubber bullets, pepper spray used on people just sitting on the ground, etc., just shy of the 37-minute mark, Blair allows that “ ... that matter clearly has to be investigated. It's not clear to me from the video that you've just shown me what the justification would be for that use of force ... ”
OK, Bill? Fuck off already with the obfuscation and mealy-mouthed bullshit. The explanation is obvious: "your officers" got an excuse to do what they really want to do to any citizen who doesn't kiss cop ass with enough enthusiasm. And with all respect to some of the commenters over on the Dawg's post, I'm not so sure the brutality and sadism were entirely politically motivated. What we saw at the G20 was just as much a case of swaggering bullies giving vent to their inner scumbags. It was the dogs-licking-their-balls approach to policing – they do it because they can.
Should we just cut to the chase and conclude that every cop on the Toronto police force is either a brutal sadistic pig or an ineffectual, Good-German-type enabler? What – am I drawing too broad a conclusion? Anyone know any cops who've come out from behind the Blue Wall and outed their knuckle-dragging colleagues?
(BTW: See here as well.)
(Update: Revising the argument slightly in response to a comment from the Dawg. See below.)