Police accountability in Toronto | #G20

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 chief has ...

Thoughts for Remembrance Day, and Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) figures out the #Occupy movement

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 the apparatus of repression. At encampments everywhere, the cops are moving ...

@LornePW keeps the police accountability file up to date

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 determination to get past those times. Three recent posts from him ...

How’s that "building relations" thing going, @TorontoPolice Tweeter guy?

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 was handcuffed? Charging the cowardly sacks of shit who beat the crap out of Lacy MacAuley? Or the ...

Retiring senior Toronto cop calls #G20 reaction overblown

Toronto News: Retiring deputy chief calls G20 reaction overblown – thestar.com You 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 away. Asshole. Related posts: SIU Concludes Reopened #G20 ...

#G20 anniversary: Queen & Spadina, one year later

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-gassed, shot with rubber bullets, and paraded naked. And after all this time, no public inquiry, the Blue Wall endures and only two cops ...

How to hold them accountable: let them embarrass themselves | #policeaccountability

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 embarrassed. Of course, enough of these recordings and we may be facing ...

@SousLePave: Best tweet from yesterday’s #G20rally

Please tell me someone got a picture … Related posts: The day they turned the Charter of Rights into toilet paper Care for a chaw, S-Supt. McGuire? No name tag? You disgust me, Officer

@thekeenanwire and the police / government / society we deserve

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 goes. The whole police force goes Tommy. Nobody saw anything. Nobody knows who the ...

More allegations of police brutality at the G20: Gabriel Jacobs

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.

What Alison said (and deBeauxOs, and Dr. Dawg … )

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 deBeauxOs and the Dawgmeister. I mean, brutal shithead cops and their enablers in so-called oversight roles ...

On CBC, a further demonstration of Toronto cops’ contempt for us

On Metro Morning today, Matt Galloway talked to police union boss Mike McCormack about the nameless asshole who broke Dorian Barton’s arm at the G20 last summer, and about the SIU’s investigation coming to a dead end. Anyone want to guess where Mike makes his stand?

Toronto Police: Unaccountable, uncaring, unbelievable

The Star doesn’t always get it right, but this time it’s taken a centring pass in the slot and buried it in the top corner. When the provincial Special Investigations Unit threw in the towel and said it couldn’t identify the brutal, cowardly slimeball in a uniform who broke Dorian Barton’s arm at the G20 ...

#G20 aftermath, Robert Dziekanski, and police accountability

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 stood out, so I wrote about them over there. Here’s the link.  ...