“The blue wall of protection wasn’t enough. It wasn’t enough to save Const. Babak Andalib-Goortani from becoming the first Toronto cop convicted for using excessive force on the G20 weekend three years ago. It wasn’t enough to prevent him from facing a prison sentence for assault with a weapon… No doubt he was expecting to be acquitted just like Glenn Waddell, the only other cop who has been tried for assaulting protesters during the G20. After all, even the chief had defended him, calling Nobody an armed criminal at one point, a statement he later had to retract.” – Michele Mandel, Toronto Sun, Sept. 12th 2013.
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Below is a link to the full text of Judge Morden’s report on the disgusting spectacle put on by the Toronto Police in June 2010, with over 1,000 civilians arrested and held, the great majority of whom were not charged with anything. Dozens of stores were trashed downtown, and four police cruisers were set on fire and destroyed.
The order to ‘take back the streets’ was given to senior police officers by Deputy-Chief Warr in the presence of Chief Blair. For Warr to give such an order in front of the Chief without first clearing it with him would be either presumptuous or outright insubordinate.
“…the officers did not offer up their notes, or statements during their investigation, as is their right.” (Emphasis added -JG).
Here we are more than a year after the “Adam Nobody” case hit the news in the wake of the G20 debacle in Toronto, and stalling by the Toronto Police threatens to drag the case out even further.
“…the Toronto Police Services Board… has denied promotions to nine constables. All were involved in last year’s G20 fiasco. Chief Bill Blair recommended they be “reclassified” – awarded a higher rank and a salary increase – despite removing their name tags so they could not be identified or held responsible for their actions.”
Below is the text of an address I made to the Toronto G20 Inquiry on Monday June 13th, 2011 at the Scarborough Civic Centre before Justice John Morden (ret’d.) (more…)
In my opinion, the events of the June, 2010 Toronto G20 assembly were not the only cause of the public’s subsequent shock and outrage at the behaviour of the police. For decades now ‘political correctness’ has been whittling away at our society and the pillars which support it.
It used to be said that the biggest and best organized street gang in Los Angeles was the LAPD.
And so it is in Toronto. Just like the Crips and Bloods, the Toronto police often seem to think that they can do whatever they want, including causing grievous bodily harm to innocent and unarmed civilians, then protect each other using a ‘code of silence’ that would do credit to the Jamaicans and others that the police routinely criticize for ‘not seeing’ shooting murders committed in front of hundreds of witnesses.
“None of the 11 “witness officers” could identify the “subject officer” despite the fact most are wearing the same Public Safety Unit patches. You’d think they’d know who they all are!… “Its unbelievable to me that an honest police force can’t identify one of their own from a clear photograph,” said Barton’s lawyer Clayton Ruby.”