Just a side-note here, To government: I'm sort of finding it difficult to keep up with all the bullshit and also write about the stuff I want to (IE: budget 2012, part 5) so if you could just like, make a monthly bullshit announcement and summarize it since most of it is fluff words like "tighten" anyway, that would be great. Thanks
Anyway, that really needed to be said. Moving on. The money paragraph:
Read the reason closely, arbitrary detention. This is the reason they are citing for the criminal charges but not against Blair, for the G20 commander, 4 other seniors, and 47 officers. Outside police forces under the Toronto police's authority were not investigated. This means the York police officers shown in my last piece on the G20 weren't included.Fenton's order to keep the group of protesters, bystanders and even some journalists boxed in at Queen Street West and Spadina Avenue "in a severe rain storm that included thunder and lightning was unreasonable, unnecessary and unlawful," according to the document. It violated the detainees' constitutional right against arbitrary detention and was negligent, the 276-page report says.
Now, the reason this is interesting is that it is the same theme throughout Andre Marin's report on the G20 "secret law".
This is of course the law Blair publicly defended and implemented and recomended they use, and still to this day defends. Of course also please do keep in mind the context of my last post on this subject. "This isn't Canada right now". Remember?
So Blair is now directed to charge this Fenton character. What about Blair? It seems to me Fenton was following the directive's laid out for him. How can the kettling be arbitrary detention, while the rest of the G20 is not? You can not admit one but deny the other. There were not 1000 people in that kettled crowd. If 47 officers can be charged in the kettling event alone, then what does that say for the rest of them?
All of these officers from all of these forces, from high to low seem to have had one core idea in their heads, and that is "what amounted to martial law in the streets of Toronto".
I can tell you, if it wasn't for the hundreds of youtube videos documenting this event we probably wouldn't even get this much. There was a blatant disregard for the people, and carefully placed propaganda was in full effect. The burning police cars repeating on every news station were certainly no accident. For awhile they had most of Canada convinced that the "riot" (which only lasted an hour and they were somehow not prepared for with 10,000 officers being there primarily to defend against the black bloc tactics) lasted all weekend. If it wasn't for the online videos, and great documentaries made afterward you would have mostly only seen footage of burning cars across Canada.
Blair has had to admit several times in public he was "wrong" in his statements about G20 evidence after the fact. He has repeatedly rejected any notion that there was something wrong at the G20. His moral character is in question, his ethics are in question, and he has no credibility or trust with the public concerned on this matter. It is Bill Blair which should be the target of investigation, not because he ran it, but because he is the gateway to those that actually did.
The tactics that should be ceased in the recomendations are being used as we debate this right now in Quebec. This result is unacceptable. I want a real investigation, I want to know in certainty where a police officer would get the idea that "this isn't Canada right now". The answer certainly isn't in their report, and certainly isn't in their resolution. These sorts of directives come from the top, I have to believe they came from the top, for the alternative would mean that some police now feel empowered to denounce their own country and how many of those are there actually serving the force? I have to believe there is enough dignity and respect for our freedom and country that they would only believe it's ok if a superior told them. Since this mentality crosses police districts and still to this day only limited reports have been conducted (which are themselves pretty fucking damning) then I must again say that those concerned on this issue not accept this weak peace offering. Keep on them, don't give up. We're definitely getting somewhere, slowly, if surely.
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