It is heartening to know that the Hamilton police are discharging their duties responsibly, as attested to by a video that went viral this week. However, to believe that all is well in policeland would be but a comforting illusion.
Yesterday, Kev reported on the ‘excesses’ of some Toronto police whose actions, described by . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Police Torturers And Their Enablers
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 . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: For Those Who Don’t Know Their Place
As noted the other day, there has been an ongoing jurisdictional battle in the case of alleged police brutality victim Tyrone Phillips. The complaint, filed by Phillips to the Office of the Independent Police Review Director, could not be investigated by the SIU because Toronto Police, citing provincial regulations, refused to hand it over to . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: SIU Versus Toronto Police: An Update
Albert Einstein famously defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. By that standard, perhaps both the Toronto Police force and I are insane; I seem to periodically write essentially the same blog post about their misbehaviour, and they seem to keep practising a disturbing pattern of . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Toronto Police: Again and Again and Again ….
Although the political abuse of power is endemic in this country, especially at the federal level, it is sadly not the only one in which innocent people are victimized.
While I have frequently written on police misuse of power, the instances of that abuse, and the difficulty in bringing the perpetrators to account, . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Another Kind of Power Abuse
Chris Gardian, beaten by Toronto Police Jan. 27th 2011, died Feb 2, 2011.
We learned today that the SIU has cleared Toronto cops in the death of “Gentle Giant” Charles McGillivary last August. The victim was minding his own business out on a stroll with his mother in their neighborhood when police who were . . . → Read More: When Cops Kill
In what I can only construe as inept or complicit leadership at the top, the Toronto Police Service, thanks to massive obstructionism amongst the rank and file, has once again thwarted the SIU in fulfilling its mandate to properly and effectively inves… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Once More, The SIU Cannot Fulfill Its Mandate
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 … . . . → Read More: @thekeenanwire and the police / government / society we deserve