From the Globe:
The Office of the Independent Police Review Director concluded constables Michael Adams, Babak Andalib-Goortani, David Donaldson, Geoffrey Fardell and Oliver Simpson used excessive force after tackling Mr. Nobody to the ground.
The report concludes that charges should be laid, too, but apparently because it’s taken more than six months, the . . . → Read More: Police accountability in Toronto | #G20
It’s a big man who can start a national column with an admission that he got it wrong.This little corner’s been relatively silent on the whole Occupy thing, but now that it’s gotten the Masters of the Universe sufficiently rattled, they’re cranking up … . . . → Read More: Thoughts for Remembrance Day, and Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) figures out the #Occupy movement
Big tip of the porkpie to Lorne over at Politics and its Discontents.There are times when the sheer inertia and toxic, paranoid self-pity at the core of dysfunctional cop culture makes you want to just give up. Fortunately, Lorne’s got the energy and d… . . . → Read More: @LornePW keeps the police accountability file up to date
Just checking in.Any progress identifying / charging these cocksu – er, perps?No, eh? Oh, well. Pretty hard when witnesses don’t come forward, isn’t it.How about:Arresting the two assholes who kicked Adam Nobody in the face after he wa… . . . → Read More: How’s that "building relations" thing going, @TorontoPolice Tweeter guy?
Toronto News: Retiring deputy chief calls G20 reaction overblown – thestar.comYou know where I’m going with this, so I’ll just let thwap and Lorne carry the ball on this one. They say it better than I can anyway.Hey, Tony? Don’t go away mad. Just go aw… . . . → Read More: Retiring senior Toronto cop calls #G20 reaction overblown
Hundreds of citizens arrested on bullshit pretexts.Detained arbitrarily in conditions that were gross violations of human rights.Subjected to racist, sexist, misogynistic and homophobic slurs and harassment.Assaulted indiscriminately.Beaten, tear-gasse… . . . → Read More: #G20 anniversary: Queen & Spadina, one year later
Because there isn’t going to be any meaningful institutional response.But this might be even more effective. Just show them being assholes, and then let public scorn do its work.If they don’t act like this, they won’t have to worry about being embarras… . . . → Read More: How to hold them accountable: let them embarrass themselves | #policeaccountability
Please tell me someone got a picture …Related posts:The day they turned the Charter of Rights into toilet paperCare for a chaw, S-Supt. McGuire?No name tag? You disgust me, Officer . . . → Read More: @SousLePave: Best tweet from yesterday’s #G20rally
Over at The Grid, Edward Keenan’s got a thoughtful and compelling piece about the police assault on Dorian Barton at last summer’s G20, and the shameful saga surrounding the SIU’s on-again, off-again attempts to investigate. We all know how that song … . . . → Read More: @thekeenanwire and the police / government / society we deserve
More serving and protecting by the Toronto Police. (Yeah, right.) Via CBC and the Star, news that Gabriel Jacobs is filing a human rights complaint over the way he was treated at the G20. Let’s review the sordid allegations: Guy in a wheelchair. Drag… . . . → Read More: More allegations of police brutality at the G20: Gabriel Jacobs
And while we’re on the subject, the inimitable and indispensible Alison over at Creekside sums up the whole police-brutality, civilian-oversight thing as only she can. Go read it now. Update: And after that, check out this story from Ottawa from deB… . . . → Read More: What Alison said (and deBeauxOs, and Dr. Dawg … )
Because of the recent, er, unpleasantness, I’ve started a backup site over at Tumblr. (OK, OK, I wanted another excuse to geek out. Like I don’t have enough already.) Anyway, a couple of items about police being held to account for their excesses stoo… . . . → Read More: #G20 aftermath, Robert Dziekanski, and police accountability