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
Although long, the road to criminal justice for Adam Nobody has finally ended; the police officer who viciously assaulted him during the infamous Toronto 2010 G20 weekend, Const. Babak Andalib-Goortani, was found guilty of using excessive force. Of the myriad who violated the rights of over 1100 people that weekend, he is the only . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Long Road To Justice
Leadership is a word that evokes many associations; strength, vision, determination and resolve are a few of the positive ones. Selfishness, careerism, expediency and cowardice are but a few of many negative associations. In my own working life, I had perhaps three administrators I looked up to, the ones who put the good of . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Problem With The Police Starts At The Top
Although I have written countless posts about the abrogation of charter rights and myriad instances of police brutality that occured in Toronto during the infamous G20 weekend in 2010, the story never seems to be over.
This past week saw one officer acquitted in the assault of Dorian Barton; Glenn Weddell was found not . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Wheels of G20 Justice Move Very Slowly
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 ….
Judging by both past events and current practices, I think it is safe to say that neither Premier Dalton McGuinty nor Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair, along with his underlings, have a great deal of respect for Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
First, of course, there are the well-documented violations of . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Fluidity Of Our Charter Rights
Now frequently the new last refuge of the scoundrel, the passive voice is very popular with politicians far and wide, even if they don’t hold elected office.
In response to a comprehensive report by retired judge John Morden on the police brutality and abuses of Charter Rights committed during the June 2010 . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Two ‘Politicians’ Speak
The following is a brief excerpt from a comprehensive report by retired judge John Morden on the police brutality and abuses of Charter Rights committed during the June 2010 G20 Summit in Toronto. In it, he addresses the failure of the Toronto Police Services Board, headed by Alok Mukherjee:
“The board . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Enablers Of The G20 Abuses: The Police Services Board
The Toronto Star reports the following:
The province’s police complaints watchdog has recommended 31 officers be charged with misconduct during the G20 summit, two of them in senior positions, Toronto police said Wednesday.
The good chief must be wearing his kevlar vest 24/7, judging by his apparent immunity from any consequences . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Chief Bill Blair Dodges Another Bullet
As a reader of various progressive bloggers, I know that the thirst for justice and accountability burns strongly in Canada. The only problem, of course, is that this passion seems singularly absent in those who occupy positions of authority, be they our elected ‘representatives’, heads of various organizations, and, of course, certain police . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Star Reader’s Thoughts On G20 Justice
Despite the ongoing and very critical coverage of Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair and his myriad leadership failures at the 2010 G20 Summit in Toronto, the truculent top cop refuses to both apologize and resign.
The most withering criticism I can think to make is that Blair is just another politician.
. . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: He’s Just Another Politician
In the strange parallel world inhabited by Toronto Police chief Bill Blair, that seems to be the rule governing administrative oversight. When confronted with an authoritative and damning report on the behaviour of your officers, both frontline and senior, attempt to deal with its implications by refusing to apologize for the abrogation of . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Deny, Deny. Deny
While this report from The Office of the Independent Police Review may afford some satisfaction for confirming the obvious, the fact that there were no consequences to the police and Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair for being key parts of this orchestrated violation of our Charter Rights renders it pretty much meaningless. Recommend . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Stating The Obvious
Oh, there is much in the news today to report and comment on, but I’ll start with something close to my heart: Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair, whom I regard as an unindicted co-conspirator in the police violence that erupted during peaceful protests at the 2010 G20 Summit in Toronto.
In a previous post, . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Police Chief Bill Blair Well-Rebuked