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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

@TorontoPolice Tweeter guy: Is this your idea of building relations? | #G20

Don't know what this guy was doing ...

... but even if we grant for the moment that the apprehension was lawful and justified, can you explain why the Toronto Police officers effecting the arrest decided they had to grind his face into the concrete while one of them put a knee on his head? Right around the 40-second mark.

I know I'm just an uninformed civilian who doesn't understand policing, or appreciate how you guys put your lives on the line serving and protecting us day after day, but it sure looks like gratuitous and needless infliction of pain to me.

God knows, I wouldn't want you to think I'm being cynical or anything, so I won't assume that hundreds of violent and brutal arrests were made and people held for hours, even days, in revolting conditions for the simple purpose of showing us who was in charge. If I accepted that, then I'd also have to think that you were arresting people knowing that whatever charges you laid would never stand up in court, but that wasn't really the point in the first place.

As a matter of fact, I'm so anxious to avoid cynicism that I'm even willing to take you at your word when you say things like this:

So, back to my first question: is this how you're going to build relations?

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1 comment:

  1. Never waver and never succumb. These guys will always act as they have in the past. Let's note get caught sleeping here and fall for the bull shit of "a few bad apples spoil the barrel". They are all as bad as each other and the shit runs down from top to bottom. With pensions being tinkered with and public employees seeing the true side of this right wing nation and their attitude to middle class workers, I can't wait to see the "boys in blue " negotiate their next fat paycheck increase. I hope they are prepared for a fast back to work legislation. Fire all of them, starting at the top.