Thu Jul 19, 2012, 10:10 PM
Newsjock (10,857 posts)
(Toronto) Police board chair apologizes to lawful G20 protesters
Source: The Globe and Mail
The chair of the Toronto Police Services Board apologized to lawful G20 protesters Thursday at a meeting where the civilian board considered recommendations contained in a report that found the board could have exercised more oversight of the force.
"Innocent people had their rights abridged, their liberty interfered with and their physical safety jeopardized," Chair Alok Mukherjee said, reading from a statement.
Not all policing during the summit two years ago was within a framework that respected rights, he said.
"For that I am sorry," he said. "I extend a very personal apology to those who, though innocent and engaged in lawful and peaceful activities, suffered as a result of the transgressions and failures."
Read more: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/police-board-chair-apologizes-to-lawful-g20-protesters/article4428992/
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(Toronto) Police board chair apologizes to lawful G20 protesters (Original post)
Response to midnight (Reply #4)
Fri Jul 20, 2012, 11:42 AM
freshwest (45,648 posts)
5. I grew up in a large city where the police department had a reputation for brutality.
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Against blacks, gays, hippies, immigrants, etc. I'm not talking beatings recorded by video and bruises. I'm talking people being beaten to death and shot, and random acts of brutality and harassment. I could go into the deaths and beatings, the stories, but most my age know about the blood and broken bodies. This was simply part of living under a conservative controlled government, maintaing their status quo by using chaos to spread fear and financial ruin to different groups.
After my generation got old enough to vote, we voted out the mayor that supported the police chief who had permitted it to go on for years. And we kept on voting out all the old regime. The mayor was part of cabal that worked with the developers, taking black people's land under imminent domain, and countless oither wrongs were going on. There were laws against what was done, but we weren't satisfied until we made them create a civilian police review board to oversee.
I've been suprised at having moved to another large metropolitan area to find there is no such thing. And there has been and is abuse, but it's being dealt with in a different way. I'm not sure how many people have to die in such blatant cases as I knew growing up in a conservative area to get a civilian review board.
We didn't Occupy, we didn't carry signs but we did carry all those crimes in our hearts and minds. And we didn't have the internet or twitter. We also did not have the media on our side, although media did report all the goings on in those days but without editorializing it. You know, when we had a liberal media, pointing out all the crime, not reporting on the latest celebrity idiocy. We also printed out our own papers with our views and stories that didn't make the press, and passed them out at stoplights. We voted every one of their sorry asses out and replaced them with people who believed tthe gorernment belonged to us.
Since Canada has had a belief system, or used to have one, in 'good governance,' perhaps it was easier to get a civilian police force. My only solution, that worked for a city of millions, was to vote out everyone who allowed it and vote in people who promised to stop it. That's what we did.
Response to Newsjock (Original post)
Fri Jul 20, 2012, 07:27 PM
SoCalDem (101,628 posts)
6. It's always the way, isn't it?
Cheap, insincere apology after the fact, but the result was the same..They were interfered with and prevented from protesting, so the "law" got their way..as they usually do..