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Politics and its Discontents: Senior Toronto Officers Facing Charges

The Star reports the following:

About five high-ranking Toronto police officers were informed last week they will face misconduct charges for their actions during the G20 summit, the Star has learned.

The CBC is reporting 28 front line officers have been charged with misconduct — including unlawful arrest and excessive force.

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Politics and its Discontents: Are Police Too Sensitive Or Simply Arrogant?

For some time now I have been closely following abuses of power, with special interest in instances involving our politicians and our police. Because both groups wield so much power, I believe that they need to be held to a very high stand which, unfortunately, they often fail to achieve.

I suspect that . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Are Police Too Sensitive Or Simply Arrogant?

Politics and its Discontents: More G20 Police Brutality Justice Pending

One of the Toronto police officers identified in the G20 beating of Adam Nobody has now been identified in another incident occurring the same weekend.

Const. Oliver Simpson’s employer, the Toronto Police Services Board, is being sued by Nikos Kapetaneas and Caitlin Morgan for the injuries they sustained at the hands (or rather, . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: More G20 Police Brutality Justice Pending

Politics and its Discontents: A Little More G20 Justice

In one of the more despicable acts of police brutality during the G20 Summit in Toronto in June of 2010, a paraplegic man, Gabriel Jacobs, was “dragged” from his motorized wheelchair, thrown into the back of a police cruiser and left on the floor of a temporary G20 detention centre where he defecated on . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Little More G20 Justice

Politics and its Discontents: The Toronto G20 and the Vindication of Michael Puddy

Kafkaesque is a term loosely and regularly bandied about, usually denoting a process whereby an innocent person is subjected to unfathomable persecution/arrest. It seems an apt word to describe what Michael Puddy endured in Toronto during the G20 prot… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Toronto G20 and the Vindication of Michael Puddy

Politics and its Discontents: Chief Bill Blair’s Gambit

It is difficult to know exactly what the repercussions will be for Chief Bill Blair, who attempted to go over the heads of his civilian overseers, the Toronto Police Services Board, and appeal directly to Mayor Rob/Doug Ford in trying to stop the manda… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Chief Bill Blair’s Gambit

Politics and its Discontents: When Police Chiefs Go Rogue

In a frightening, bald, and very public display of how much of a politician he has become, Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair has announced that he is no longer taking direction from the Police Services Board, as required by law, but is instead trying to … . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: When Police Chiefs Go Rogue

Politics and its Discontents: Sometimes You Just Have To Hold Your Nose

I always try to be completely honest in everything that I write for this blog. If I see reason for praise, I acknowledge it, sadly a rare occurrence. Most commonly I am extremely critical of the issues and people that I write about. One of most freq… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Sometimes You Just Have To Hold Your Nose

Politics and its Discontents: Vindication For Those Abused By G20 Police Forces

The vast majority of the 1100 people abused, assaulted and arrested as a result of the thuggish actions of the G20 police forces, apparently intent on suppressing Canadians’ Charter Rights last June in Toronto, must be feeling a deep measure of vindica… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Vindication For Those Abused By G20 Police Forces

Politics and its Discontents: Revelations Of Further Charter Rights’ Violation At G20 Summit

In what has become almost a routine posting to my blog, the Toronto Star has revealed yet another violation of rights arising from last year’s federally and provincially supported G20 Summit. An article entitled Police wrong to question man with crossb… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Revelations Of Further Charter Rights’ Violation At G20 Summit

Politics and its Discontents: More Evidence Of Bill Blair’s Failed Leadership

The ‘offer no apologies and accept no responsibility’ head of the Toronto Police Services, Chief Bill Blair, has another facet of failed leadership to answer for. According to a report in The Toronto Star, a U of T student has documented at least eigh… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: More Evidence Of Bill Blair’s Failed Leadership

Politics and its Discontents: Once More, The SIU Cannot Fulfill Its Mandate

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

Politics and its Discontents: A Late Afternoon Thought On The Murdoch Scandal

I just read a post by The Disaffected Lib discussing the mounting number of resignations resulting from the Rupert Murdoch scandal. Both the Commissioner and Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan London Police (Scotland Yard) have resigned becaus… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Late Afternoon Thought On The Murdoch Scandal

Politics and its Discontents: The Real News Commentary on G20 Summit Police Crimes

As always, The Real News offers a refreshing perspective rarely found in the mainstream media. Anything that continues to keep the G20 police abuses of Charter Rights in the public forum can be nothing but good for our democracy.Recommend this Post . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Real News Commentary on G20 Summit Police Crimes

Politics and its Discontents: Toronto Star Readers Speak Out On Police Abuses

I have written before about how much we are enjoying our subscription to The Toronto Star, one of the few newspapers that still seems to be doing the job that the press traditionally performed: keeping the public well-informed and reminding the powers-… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Toronto Star Readers Speak Out On Police Abuses

Politics and its Discontents: Judge: Police Have A Culture That Rejects Accountability

Those were the words of Justice Elliot Allen as he sentenced two Toronto police officers to one year of house arrest for beating a Cabbagetown man in 2009. As is the usual practice when one of their own is under judicial scrutiny, the courthouse was p… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Judge: Police Have A Culture That Rejects Accountability

Politics and its Discontents: G20 Summit Police Tactics Continue to Outrage Canadians

There is a series of letters in today’s Star that articulate the ongoing sentiments of ordinary Canadians a year after people had their Charter Rights ripped away by an out-of-control police force during the G20 Summit in Toronto. There is also one by… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: G20 Summit Police Tactics Continue to Outrage Canadians

Politics and its Discontents: Canada’s Quasi-Police state

While the Premier of Ontario continues to blithely and glibly disavow any responsibility for the horrendous abuses of Charter Rights that took place during last June’s G20 Summit, admitting only that he “could have done a better job of communicating,” … . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Canada’s Quasi-Police state

Politics and its Discontents: Finally, a G20 Police Arrest

There is little doubt in my mind that the relentless efforts of the Toronto Star played a major role in the arrest of Toronto police officer Glen Weddell in the G20 beating of Dorian Barton, the Toronto baker whose only crime was to take some pictures … . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Finally, a G20 Police Arrest

Politics and its Discontents: Star Editorial Recommendation

I really have nothing new to add to the continuing saga of the Toronto Police Service’s obstruction of efforts to get at the ugly truth behind the G20 security debacle. However, today’s Star editorial does a good job of explaining why a complete and u… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Star Editorial Recommendation

Politics and its Discontents: Mark Pugash and the G20 Police Scandal

Mark Pugash is certainly earning his salary these days. The vexing and pugnacious Director of Corporate Communications for the Toronto Police has been loyally but, in my view, futilely acting as a human shield for Chief Bill Blair, the leader mysteriou… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Mark Pugash and the G20 Police Scandal

Politics and its Discontents: Journalism You Can Sink Your Teeth Into

For those who think all journalists have lost their bite, I suggest they read Rosie DiManno’s column today as she writes disdainfully of the Toronto Police Force and its consistent failure to track down officers who abused citizens during the G20. Mak… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Journalism You Can Sink Your Teeth Into

Politics and its Discontents: And The Two Chief Culprits Remain silent

Today’s story in The Toronto Star shows how the search for the identity of the officer who allegedly beat Dorian Barton is reaching absurdist levels. Yet despite the increasing evidence of flagrant police obstructionism, Toronto Chief Bill Blair and P… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: And The Two Chief Culprits Remain silent

Politics and its Discontents: Despite Police and SIU Obstruction, G20 Lawsuit Moving Ahead

I have already written extensively about the G20 police abuses of our Charter Rights and have cited the McGuinty Government’s collusion in those abuses as the main reason I cannot vote for the Ontario Liberals in October. However, a story in today’s S… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Despite Police and SIU Obstruction, G20 Lawsuit Moving Ahead