Constable Nobody

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.

What a wonderfully convenient double standard!

I think the public is a little too shocked over the G20 debacle, and disturbed at wage-levels now approaching twice the public average for first-class constables, to have much more patience with such blatantly self-serving disrespect for justice and the Rule of Law by those supposed to uphold them.

Police officers from the streets to the boardrooms need to think this over very carefully.

If the pendulum of support for the police begins to swing the other way, things could get very nasty for all concerned.

Jeff Goodall.

How can cops not know who this is?

Toronto Sun Editorial: May 17th, 2011

Meet Mr. Nobody.

He’s a “subject” Toronto police officer, wanted for questioning by the province’s Special Investigations Unit in connection with the alleged beating of bystander Dorian Barton during last June’s G20.

Apparently, despite repeated inquiries by the SIU, no one on the Toronto police force, including 11 officers designated as “witnesses,” can identify him.

Seriously? As Sun columnist Joe Warmington wrote Tuesday, this defies reason and common sense.

Unless he was impersonating an officer — which seems highly unlikely and would open a whole new can of worms — how can no one on the force know who this is?

Even if they aren’t “witness” officers.

Like Warmington, we think “The Blue Wall” mentality is at work here, where cops won’t identify one another out of misguided notions of protecting “one of their own.”

The irony is we know this attitude is wrong because the police say so almost every time they release suspect or crime-scene photos, asking the public for help in identifying the person or persons shown.

In those cases, the police know they are often asking civilians to put their own safety at risk for the greater good.

For example, when the photos show people suspected of being gang members in the vicinity of, or fleeing, a crime scene.

In these situations, criminal gangs use intimidation and threats in the neighbourhoods they control to discourage witnesses from going to the police.

They warn anyone thinking of co-operating they will be considered a “rat” if they do and dealt with accordingly.

The problem is, if no one on the police force will identify “Mr. Nobody,” then how can the police expect co-operation from the public when they ask for help?

Some police officer needs to have the courage to do the right thing here. Now.

See original here:

See also “The Toronto police ‘Blue Wall’ must be smashed” (May 17th) here.

See also “Who to believe on G20 investigation” (May 19th, 2011) here

See my “Policing and Justice-Related Issues” category here.

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