“The big bad dude was my twin brother. That big bad dude was a father … That big bad dude was a son. That big bad dude was enrolled at Tulsa Community College, just wanting to make us proud. That big bad dude loved God. That big bad dude was at church singing with all of his flaws, every week. That big bad dude, that’s who he was.”
– Tiffany Crutcher, talking about her brother who, unarmed and posing no threat, was murdered by Tulsa police on Friday.
Sometimes, all we can do is bear witness.
May justice be served.
. . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: "His Life Mattered"
Whether justice will ever be achieved in the terrible death of Rodrigo Gonsalez or the vicious beating of Santokh Bola remains an open question. However, given some compelling video evidence, there seems little doubt in the minds of Toronto Star reader… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Star Readers Respond To Toronto Police Thuggery
Last night, the CBC reported on the case of Rodrigo Gonzalez, the subject of yesterday’s post and the latest to die at the hands of Toronto Police. while the report perhaps sheds no further light on what occurred, it at least graphically brings to the … . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: UPDATE: A Police Or An Occupation Force?
While I realize there is an element of hyperbole in the title of this post, I cannot help but think that for many vulnerable people, the Toronto Police might be viewed more as oppressors rather than as protectors. Yesterday I posted about the beating a… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Police Or An Occupation Force?
So says Toronto police spokesman and perennial apologist Mark Pugash about the beating administered by the police to Santokh Bola, a victim of what the authorities admit was a ‘mistaken arrest.’
Sure looks to me like just another case of police brutality, something the Toronto constabulary is becoming notorious for:
Bola’s lawyer, Michael . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: “There’s always a context in which these things take place.”
A candlelight vigil honouring Sandra Bland, organized by Black Lives Matter Ottawa, BlakCollectiv and other allied grassroots movements, takes at the Human Rights Monument in Ottawa on Friday, July 31.
The post Sandra Bland to be honoured with a candlelight vigil in Ottawa appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
Michael Wood, ex-Baltimore officer, tweets about alleged police brutality Retired Baltimore officer Michael A. Wood tweets about disturbing things he allegedly witnessed on the force
By Lauren O’Neil, CBC News Posted: Jun 26, 2015 8:22 PM ET Last Updated: Jun 27, 2015 10:52 AM ET
This article might be a . . . → Read More: Left Over: Abuse of power & the Re-Education of Police …..
Protesters hit the streets to protest the Quebec provincial government’s austerity policies. The police unleashed tear gas, sound bombs and rubber bullets, hitting some of the protesters in the face.
The post Quebec police unleash violence on anti-austerity protesters [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
Brutality against women can come from those whose duty it is to protect and serve: A Winnipeg woman said this week that she had filed a complaint after an officer beat her in her own home as her 8-year-old son watched.
Lana Sinclair told CBC that Winnipeg police officers showed up on Halloween night to . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Lest We Forget
Two very interesting articles about police conduct came out this week, particularly interesting if you juxtapose them.
Ferguson and the cult of compliance
In cases that seem very different, separated by factors such as age, race, gender, sexuality, geography, class and ability, police explain away their actions by citing noncompliance. They do it because it . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Protecting the Public Trust? – Intersectional Analysis of Police Behaviour
Richard Hughes-Political Blogger
Let us remember that while the US cops are often out of control that it can happen here in sweet old Canada, and has happened many times.
The G20 is a reminder that many would like to sweep under the rug and leave it there.
. . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Toronto G20, 4 years later: 18 disturbing facts all Canadians should know
At the last May Day protest, police repression was brutal and a lot of protesters were hurt. Bobette was specifically targeted by the SPVM because of her political activities; they physically attacked her and psychologically harassed her. You can read a summary of what happened to Bobette on May Day afterward. Due to her . . . → Read More: Sketchy Thoughts: Solidarity with Bobette!
How many times do you think you deserve to be kneed in the back while you’re already subdued by police on the sidewalk, face-down?
Vancouver Police gratuitous brutality from May 1, 2014.
Does it make any difference if you’re a minor? Or if you were documenting police actions at a May Day . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Protest Vancouver Police Brutality, 2014 Edition
Photo Gallery: May Day 2014 in Toronto
The theme of the 2014 Toronto May Day (International Workers Day) event was Honour Communities: Fight Capitalism. The chilly evening rally started at Alan Gardens, transformed into a march west on Carlton/College, and concluded at Queen’s Park with . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Photo Gallery: May Day 2014 in Toronto
The theme of the 2014…