I have to say I have had really good experiences with Toronto Police on the whole (except they seem untrained, untalented, and passive-aggressive when called upon to direct traffic!).
BUT - the G20 was just plain weird! Police seemed obsessed with harassing protestors - while ignoring, if not facilitating the "black bloc". 3 police cars were left unattended (has anyone ever witnessed this before?) in the path of vandals and allowed them to burn practically to molten metal for the cameras without making an effort to put them out. Meanwhile, a thousand innocent people taken into police "custody" (metal wire cages) were very shoddily treated, strip searched and in some cases, threatened with violence including rape. Are these the actions of OUR Toronto police force? It doesn't make any sense at all. I know a lot of "security" was hired and brought in for the occasion. Does anyone at ehMac work with the police department? I'd like to know what the police-on-the-street point of view is.
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At the 2003 FTAA meeting in Miami more than 200 people were mass arrested. Only 4 were actually convicted.
I'm guessing we're going to see about the same percentage from the G20 in toronto.
If the public allows governments to get away with this we've basically handed over any right to protest in the future. All they have to do let a couple of cop cars burn and then they're good to arrest people on sight.
^^^Perhaps protesters shouldn't be burning police cars and smashing storefronts, then maybe there won't be issues with having your civil rights suspended while all the fat cats are in town. Once you cross that line, the cops must react...the rest of society demands it.
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maybe they shouldn't have left cop cars, unattended.
You'd think with a BILLION BUCKS they could have, y'know, figured that one out.
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