G20 police excesses demand re-assessment of public attitude

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.

Young kids, taught by the schools to have little self-discipline or respect for others, and to place their rights above their responsibilities, naturally adapt to black uniforms, bullet-proof jackets and firearms. That, together with the never-ending violence that we see on TV, particularly in conjunction with crime shows in which the police routinely smash down doors and scream at and shoot civilians, leads them to think that they are in disciplinarian heaven with a God-given right to trample on members of the public, and to physically assault and even kill them with little fear of repercussions.

Lying, co-ordinating their stories to cover each other, and refusing to obey the rules with the tacit approval of their commanders, turns some of them into vicious, anti-social monsters. These factors, and the accompanying changes that they cause in police attitudes and culture, can lead over time to the kind of “en masse” malfunctions which we saw last June.

I have said before that every police force needs a strong, vigorously enforced and continuous programme, designed to weed out the bullies, psychopaths and sadists who are naturally attracted to police work in the same way that paedophiles are attracted to school yards and youth groups.

I see little sign of the Toronto Police engaging in any such necessary activities, and I challenge them to correct me if they can.

This is a massive ‘market correction’ as the public perception of the police becomes more realistic, and less restrained by the unconditional support that the police once held.

Time for everybody to sit back, and to think very carefully about what comes next.

Jeff Goodall.

G20 fallout erodes respect for Toronto police

Toronto Sun Editorial: May 29th, 2011

It’s a concerning time for a city when a police force loses the respect of its residents.

The Toronto Police Service and Chief Bill Blair are not there yet, but they’re on their way.

As we approach the one year horror-versary of the G20 knuckleheads invading our city, the chief still hasn’t delivered his report on what happened that weekend.

Instead, relatively isolated incidents, like the breaking of bystander Dorian Barton’s arm at a Queen’s Park rally, have blown up into public relations nightmares for the police service.

Nightmares the chief made worse when he overreached, commenting on an earlier video of another individual assaulted by police — Adam Nobody — by claiming it had been manipulated and Nobody was likely armed and violent.

As it turned out, the video hadn’t been manipulated, police had no evidence Nobody was armed or violent, Blair had to apologize and an officer has since been charged in that case by the province’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU).

To exacerbate the problem, an ongoing war of words between the police and SIU continues to tar the force.

There can be only one loser in this fight and it’s the police, not the SIU, whom 99.5% of citizens will never have any interaction with in their lifetimes.

In an e-mail to Toronto Sun Editorial Page Editor Rob Granatstein regarding the Barton case, Blair objected to our May 18 editorial which stated the force wasn’t co-operating with the SIU’s investigation.

Blair said the police had in fact identified the subject officer in the Barton case to the SIU in January.

Point taken, but our impression remains the police are barely co-operating with the SIU, to the least of their ability, rather than the best.

A report Thursday that the roommate of the officer under investigation and two supervisors told the SIU they couldn’t identify the officer in question reinforces that view.

This is Blair’s service. He has to set an example for his officers of full and complete co-operation with the SIU and demand they do the same.

Instead, what we appear to be seeing is the erection of a Blue Wall by the police.

Of not telling the whole truth but of merely acknowledging those pieces of it which can be dragged out of them by SIU investigators.

That is wounding the integrity of the entire police service.

How much has the G20 hurt the image of Toronto Police?

We don’t believe any of the public complaints about Sgt. Ryan Russell’s funeral procession being overdone would even have surfaced, much less have been taken seriously, had he been killed in the line of duty prior to it.

If Blair can’t get the message out to the men and women under his command that they have a duty to co-operate with the SIU, then maybe he’s not the man for the job. 

See original here.