“We didn’t know much of what had happened at Queen’s Park – not the scope or the depth. The kettling fiasco had not been fully brought to light yet and we were still learning how disastrous the detention centre had been. We knew police had detained several hundred people and then the chief had come in and directed the front-line people to let them go. We didn’t know at that time that there had been a dispute between the service’s top brass and Supt. Mark Fenton, the front-line commander who was insisting on giving people tickets or sending them to the detention centre, completely misreading the chief’s direction. We did not know then that the chief had pulled rank on the RCMP-led Integrated Security Unit (ISU) to give this order” – and – “We made it clear to (Police Chief Bill) Blair that officers from other forces would need to undergo training to learn our board’s approach to policing. They were to be appointed by me to act as officers in Toronto and the agreement for them to do so was to be between police boards, not police chiefs.” (*).
“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.
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.) I was rather disappointed to see so few people present at the hearing, but it was the third and final one and the press was quite sparsely represented also. All the usual suspects were present, and speaker after speaker received calls of “Right on!” together with loud, disruptive clapping by several present, including one woman who was invited to speak before the TV cameras even though she did not address the Inquiry. I received no press coverage that I am aware of, although I stuck to the issue and made several recommendations for the Inquiry’s consideration. The TV coverage seemed to come from Global TV, and CTV was nowhere to be seen. Receiving coverage were several people who complained bitterly about police misbehaviour and their own ‘harrowing’ experiences, but had nothing to say beyond that. They were clearly playing to the press, and to the gallery. When I came to the issue of “Officer Bubbles” I was aware of a stirring in the crowd, but didn’t know why and continued with my address. It appears that Courtney Winkels was sitting just a few feet away from me. She too was interviewed by Global. At the end of my submission I wasn’t asked any questions, but Judge Morden did hold up the typed copy of my submission and said that he would refer to it again in his deliberations. So my primary objective, which was to provide worthwhile input to the Inquiry, was met. My second objective, which was to obtain press coverage to add wider reinforcement to objective number one, failed. C’est la vie! One can only try.
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.