Politics and its Discontents: "We Need Justice"

So says a young Hispanic boy in the following video, a followup of the police brutality in Anaheim I posted about yesterday: Recommend this Post

Sure. Private-sector involvement in police work. | #areyououtofyourfuckingminds

Via a helpful reader, one of the most disturbing things I’ve seen this week: I don’t know Joe Couto, and I’m sure he’s a perfectly decent guy in real life, but this is on behalf of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police. How many ways do you want this to be a bad idea? ...

The door’s this way, Chief Blair

So it seems Bill Blair isn’t getting with Team Ford’s austerity program. Instead of being a good boy and implementing the 10-per-cent reduction the mayor’s team is demanding of city managers, he’s looking for a budgetary increase. Not a lot, mind, but the surrounding drama, already at a slow boil, has been cranked up even ...

@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 ...

SIU Concludes Reopened #G20 Nobody Investigation | #policebrutality

SIU Concludes Reopened G20 Nobody Investigation … aaaaand, guess what? Can’t find any way to charge anyone else. Who could have foreseen such a thing? Oh, well. Maybe the Toronto Police will actually come forward and out the other members of Team Curbstomp. Otherwise, the whining they do when witnesses don’t step up and their ...

I’m sorry, @TorontoPolice Tweeter guy – perhaps I’m being a little harsh | #G20redux

On reflection, maybe I ought to cut you a little slack. Maybe you really are committed to fixing the organizational and occupational culture. Maybe you really do want to fix the bridges between the police and the community they’re sworn to serve and protect. Maybe I really should take your words at face value when ...

@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? ...

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 ...

#Brigette DePape rocks the rally at Queen’s Park

Guess it’s good to have the occasional reminder. From Jason Kenney’s favourite left-wing kook.

@TorontoPolice Tweeter guy weighs in | #G20

… with a few nice words about accountability and regaining public trust. Here are some suggestions for you. Do something about the assholes who brutalized Lacy MacAuley. Out the sons of bitches who kicked Adam Nobody in the face after he was cuffed and lying on the ground. Press criminal charges against the pieces of ...

The Sean Salvati #G20 video: Abu Ghraib comes to Toronto

So apparently it takes three big strong police officers to manhandle one guy. Naked and handcuffed. Don’t know whether this is before or after they beat the shit out of him. And please, spare us the pathetically transparent bullshit about security. There’s absolutely no goddamned reason in the world for him to be stripped naked ...

So Toronto cops think they’re the #G20 whipping boys?

From … guess which piece of birdshit-catcher. The usual “police morale is low” bullshit. A sample: The situation has worsened with each new allegation of police brutality and little has been done to restore the faith in those sworn to serve and protect Toronto. “It’s become embarrassing to say you’re a Toronto cop,” said one ...

Opposing the #HarperRegime: thinking strategically over the next four years

Sorry, dear friends. This is going to be one of those times when I try to get cerebral, but not too cerebral, and end up sounding like a wanker. Business as usual, in other words. In the context of last week’s Twitter exchange with @thekeenanwire over the question of what we deserve, I admitted that ...

Will Somebody Please Police Quebec’s Finest Once And For All?

It’s been more than 48 hours since the shooting deaths of forty year old homeless man, Mario Hamel and ventilation specialist, Patrick Limoges at the hands of Montreal’s finest in what looks like, from where I, and where many others are sitting, an sheer act of recklessness with their firearms in morning rush hour on ...

Does It Really Take Four Cops And Three Gunshots To Subdue a Homeless Man?

I really should’ve titled this post, Four cops turn busy Downtown intersection into the OK Corral.  They deserve nothing less. However, I may just get myself arrested or sued for that these days the way things are going. You just never know. Yesterday morning, cops found a 40 year old homeless man, Mario Hamel, near the intersection ...

#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.  ...