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Just finished watching CBC’s Fifth Estate’s feature on the violent police crackdown against peaceful G20 protesters. There were lots of footage that I have not seen before. Pretty disgusting. Are we living in a democratic country or a police state? I know it is not as bad as Egypt with sniper firing on protesters. But the violent crackdown gave me a flashback of Mubarak’s security forces attacking protesters.
I would say that the innocent people who were assaulted by the police, without provocation, should file class action suit. But then the taxpayers are the one who would end up paying and the politicians and police would just get away with it anyway. Even a guy with prosthetic leg whose leg got pulled off have allegedly not been shown any mercy, even after the police got his severed prosthetic leg.
Not too long ago, I was observing how we are lucky here in Canada that when we see a police officer we feel safe and respect them. In other countries, when you are in trouble and was a victim of a crime, you are afraid of approaching the very corrupted police, fearful that you would just get into more trouble. We should keep our police force respectable. Any politicians who use them as a political tool should be incriminated. Any police officer who have violent tendency and have a wife-beating demeanor should be banned from the police service.
Glad to see that investigative journalism is still alive, at least at CBC’s Fifth Estate.
Full video @ youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXQ06Q55u1k
For more extensive video, including the Black Bloc instigating violence, watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZxkAn-g4Xo I did not know there was a horse charging moment tramping on a fallen person similar to the Egyptian’s camel attack. There were also plain clothes police officer. Isn’t there a law that requires police to be clearly identifiable?
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A Toronto Cop have been charged with assault on a G20 protester. Investigation was re-opened after new footage became available. Toronto Police Chief Tony Blair claimed the five officers were identified from Toronto Star’s photo. There was allegedly difficulty identifying the officer earlier because the recorded badge number of the arresting officer did not match with actual police badge numbers. Here’s a youtube video of the assault. A youtube video shot by bystander John Bridge was initially dismissed by the Toronto Police Chief as having been tampered with. He later retracted that comment. For full details about the latest assault charges, see this article from Nanaimo Daily News >> Toronto Cop Charged with Assaulting G20 Figure.
And why were the officers not wearing their badge? Will there be more officers charged or only that one officer, which according to the star have lifted his face shield?