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…)
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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…)
No doubt, the SIU would have given this one another pass had it happened in Canada.
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What do you do when citizens believe that democratic rights should be more than an illusion? Call in the authorities to remind them of their true place in the foodchain.
On a related topic, The Star’s Rosie DiManno has an excoriating assessment of yet another free pass given by the SIU to the officers involved in the ‘high-risk’ takedown of 80-year-old Iole Pasquale, the dementia sufferer who was tasered, not once but twice, while meandering down the street in the middle of the night in late August holding a bread knife.
… as SIU head Ian Scott noted (Read more…)
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Make no mistake folks the genie is out of the bottle and fascism is staring us right in the face. Many people do not want to hear that or deal with that unwelcome reality but it is undeniably the reality of Canada today.
This video is brought to us from ‘Operation Maple‘ whose clearly stated goal is to take Canada back.
Do your best to take care of yourselves and your families. There is not much if any help available from any of our political party’s as they are all singing of the same (Read more…)
“Ah yeah, sure I know. It’s a free country. You know you got the right. But I got a badge, what do you got?”
That line from West Side Story sums up the attitude of many – if not most – cops, especially in Toronto. They are confident that their police badge is essentially a licence to break the law, up to and including murder (at least while on duty).
Toronto cops have a long, dark history of killing and brutally beating people who didn’t deserve it. They almost always get away with it, and nothing really changes within (Read more…)
Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan claims he is not a dictator… not even a master… but rather “a servant of the people.” Not many Turkish citizens are convinced because following the Gezi Park protest, the treatment meted out to demonstrators by Turkish police has been a total horror show. It quickly became evident that the government was feeling threatened by way more than protesters in Gezi Park with concerns about green space.
Photos bear witness to the brutal nature of the crackdown. One shows a young woman in a summer dress, standing her ground courageously as tear gas is (Read more…)
With all the stories across Canada of police brutality (including killings), harassment, rights violations, discrimination, perjury, political bias, corruption (e.g. bribes, smuggling, extortion, drug-dealing) – and seeing almost no consequences for the crimes committed by police officers – it’s extremely difficult to resist the A.C.A.B. (All Cops Are Bastards) attitude.
How are we supposed to keep falling for the line that “there are just a few bad apples” when the supposed good apples consistently rally around the bad apples and even promote them to higher positions? It’s very hard to tell the difference between the (Read more…)
Young woman arrested for posting photo of graffitti online:
According to CBC News:
A 20-year-old woman has been accused of criminal harassment and intimidation against a high-ranking Montreal police officer after she posted a photo of anti-police graffiti online.
Pawluck insists that she’s done nothing wrong and the actions of the Montreal police amount to harassment.
Montreal criminal defence attorney Eric Sutton says the Crown will have to prove that Lafrenière reasonably feared for his safety because of the photo posted by Pawluck.
“I think this may be somewhat of a political statement by the police
. . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Young woman arrested for posting photo of graffitti online
No need to join a gym, I guess, when police have so many on-the-job-workout opportunities.
Raymond Costain, afterwards.
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Inspired by news stories of the last week or so:
What do the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), the Vatican, the Canadian senate, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the Conservative Party of Canada have in common?
They are antiquated, dysfunctional, corrupt, racist, sexist, homophobic, elitist, perverted, deceitful, abusive, secretive, right-wing, hierarchical, criminal-like organizations that are mostly controlled by bigoted, old, rich, white, authoritarian men, yet are mostly funded by lowly, non-wealthy working people – many, or most, of whom naively hold faith that those institutions are designed to serve the general public.
Those state-sanctioned gangs have directly and
. . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Inspired by news stories of the last week or so:
What do the…