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 Smitiuch, told a news conference Wednesday that the video shows police delivering 11 punches to Bola in quick succession, and a total of 20 blows to his head.
“Officer, please, officer,” Santokh can be heard saying in the video. “Let me go, please let me. (Read more…)
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.
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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 bit too late in the “sky is falling’ sector regarding the abuse of persons of colour, or police corruption, which, like gun violence, just go on and on and on, the most interesting part of Wood’s tweets, to me, was the fact that he praised higher education as giving him the (Read more…)
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.
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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 investigate reports of “yelling.” One officer spoke to her son, while another officer talked to her.
“He came up to me and poked me,” Sinclair recalled. “I was sitting on a chair in the kitchen and I jumped up and said you don’t need (Read more…)
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 works. They do it because according to their beliefs, any sign of noncompliance is an invitation to strike.
First, we have to recognize the common denominators in many of these incidents: that people who die at the hands of the police don’t obey commands and (Read more…)
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.
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 injuries, Bobette has since then been force to cancel her contracts as a circus artist, which deprives her of income.
Police Impunity Must Stop!
In order, for Bobette, to sue the SPVM for bodily harm as well as moral and material damages, she must raise 4000$ (Read more…)
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 march?
Well, while many of us were on The Drive Thursday night doing some May Day things and rebooting Occupy Vancouver, others were downtown. And one person was being gratuitously beaten by a VPD member.
Various video links exist here, which also happens to (Read more…)
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 a few more speeches.
Toronto’s May Day event didn’t get much media coverage, likely because it was overshadowed by two bigger local political stories:1) Toronto’s untrustworthy, unethical, incompetent, promise-breaking mayor Rob Ford having another public meltdown and then taking a leave of absence, and 2) the untrustworthy, unethical, incompetent, promise-breaking Ontario Liberals putting forward their (Read more…)
Nearly every day I see stories in the media of people with disabilities being abused. (For example, the case of Ethan Saylor, the young man with Down Syndrome who was killed by police when he went to the cinema). But I normally don’t blog about them because I am not a rights activist – I’m more of solution-based peacenik, albeit a very determined one. But today is different. This morning, I received a message from a respected colleague, Eva Kittay. Eva is a distinguished professor of moral philosophy at SUNY and she’s also the mother of a young woman (Read more…)