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In 2010 Toronto held the G20 and G8 summit meeting and there was chaos. Absolute anarchy and chaos was in the downtown area. People I knew were being harassed and arrested. Our Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects Canadians from indefinite detention , but they were not followed.

We have all seen the horrid actions of police in the occupy movements, but the attitude can get worse when global powers are involved.

I write this only recently realizing that Chicago NATO meeting has already started, this may be too late but in the future we must all keep this in mind. A recent report from an independent government investigation revealed that Toronto G20 event was a mess. Police were out of control and overreacted to a secluded event, and the chain of command became a broken telephone. Our police chief ought to be behind bars but nobody has claimed responsibility and police officers that were found to be doing awful things such as removing nametags only lost a day’s wages.

Here are a few things to prepare yourself.

1. Watch what you wear and where you go: Try to avoid any known protest sites in your city if you're just going to work, many in Toronto were arrested despite being innocent bystanders. Anyone wearing black clothing was inspected, anyone with a suspicious bag was unlawfully inspected.

2. Make sure your police are prepared: The moment you find out your city is chosen for an international event try to find out how the police will be trained, will police from out of town be brought in (ones from the Greater Toronto Area were heavily overpaid and undertrained), how long will the training be? The disaster of the G20 was only a few videos where the officers were shown footage of angry mobs. The police for the most part agitated crowds and caused the problems themselves.

3. There is no such thing as “Special Powers”: Human rights are not null and void during special events cops were led to believe this was “G20 Land” and not Canada. This goes a bit with number two which is the root of the problem but untrained cops in riot situations is probably not going to be stopped/

4. Record, photos, especially cops that hide nametags, and flagrantly abusing powers. Try to remember names, faces of these officers as best you can. Write down dates and times, use that cell phone.

It’s already late here I might add more, while there may be at these events thousands of officers the problem is not all them are properly trained. We should all expect better of them and maybe these international events don’t have to be international PR issues as well.

Originally posted to Layo on Sun May 20, 2012 at 10:33 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  if the authorities are misbehaving (4+ / 0-)
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    evilstorm, Superpole, bluebelle7, Smoh

    cave in to it?

    seriously avoid protest sites?

    NO, go and bring cameras
    make sure the whole world is watching.. if you can

    fact does not require fiction for balance (proudly a DFH)

    by mollyd on Mon May 21, 2012 at 12:23:14 AM PDT

  •  Best of all: go to protests and keep the peace! (9+ / 0-)

    Clever nonviolent tactics can be used to disrupt people who engage in vandalism & violence.  Humor is highly effective, as is anything unexpected and even slightly funny.  

    And take plenty of pictures of the people who are trying to start shit.  Those pictures should be posted on "hall of shame" websites so the people who do that stuff can be identified and kept away in the future.

    "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

    by G2geek on Mon May 21, 2012 at 12:35:35 AM PDT

  •   Um, maybe the rioting and looting were to blame? (1+ / 0-)
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    vlajos

    Police were "out of control" and "horrid"?  You don't think the rioting, looting imbeciles smashing up the city might have had a little something to do with it?

    •  There were over 1000 people arrested (2+ / 0-)
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      Amber6541, Agathena

      in Toronto.

      Of that number, 50 convictions.  Most people were never charged.

      Of the 300 or so that were charged, only 50 were convicted.

      The charges were bogus.  Trumped up.

      The results of over zealous policing.

      And the media at the time ate it up.  Blamed the protesters.

      Not the police.  Sounds familiar?

      There was a "carnival of excess" on the part of the police.

      •  Um, police weren't the ones rioting and looting (0+ / 0-)

        If many arrestees got swept up in the chaos, why don't you blame those who, you know, CAUSED the chaos by acting like lawless idiots, smashing things and rioting?

        •  Check document just released (0+ / 0-)

          Primarily, the kettling and arrests that happened on Saturday and Sunday were the result of officer bungling and poor decisions from the brass.  Specifically, from the OIPRD that released a report, police were guilty of civil rights abuses, illegal detentions, and the excessive use of force.  The language used by senior offices was inflammatory, consisting of the use of such terms as "marauding terrorists."  I don't have a cost of the damage done during the summit, but I would imagine it will be far lower than the settlements the federal government and provincial/metro police will eventually pay out.  

          Your referenced sample size...those causing the chaos...was a very small piece of the action.  

  •  30 police charged for actions during G20, 2010 (1+ / 0-)
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    Claudius Bombarnac
    Toronto police Chief Bill Blair has asked for permission to discipline 30 of his officers, including two senior officers, in the wake of a damning report on police actions during the G20 summit in 2010.
    http://www.cbc.ca/...

    Whose side are you on?

    ❧To thine ownself be true

    by Agathena on Mon May 21, 2012 at 07:03:12 AM PDT

  •  Simple fact (0+ / 0-)

    When the cops say you have no rights, when the cops treat you as having no rights, then ipso facto, you have no rights, whatever some parchment somewhere says, whatever unsupported niceties you my have been taught in school.  Courts will always back up cops in their conclusion that you have no rights, my personal experience is that courts and judges enthusiastically encourage and support lying by cops if it advances the goal of denying that the subject has no rights.

    The law, in its majestic equality, forbids rich and poor alike from sleeping under bridges. ~ Anatole France

    by ActivistGuy on Mon May 21, 2012 at 07:41:54 AM PDT

  •  Difference between Chicago and Toronto (1+ / 0-)
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    Agathena

    The people of Toronto actually got something in return for recording police brutality, aggression, and dishonorable behavior: successful prosecutions.

    You'll never see that in Chicago with Rahm holding the reins.  

    •  Only one cop charged (twice) with assault (1+ / 0-)
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      Agathena
      New G20 assault charge for Toronto officer

      Const. Babak Andalib-Goortani, 30, has been charged with assault with a weapon for allegedly hitting a woman with his baton during the June 26 protest at Queen's Park, Toronto police said in a Wednesday release.

      He was arrested Tuesday and is scheduled to appear in court on March 7. The charge comes after an investigation based on a complaint received by the Office of the Independent Police Review Director, a provincial police watchdog.

      Andalib-Goortani has already been charged with assault with a weapon relating to the treatment of another man during the June 26 protest.

      •  The charges on the thirty were not criminial (1+ / 0-)
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        Claudius Bombarnac

        From my link above.

        Chief Blair's move comes just two days after the release of a 300-page report from the Ontario Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD), which investigated the actions of Toronto police during the weekend summit.

        The OIPRD report on the actions of Toronto police during the G20 alleged systemic abuses of power along with individual accusations of excessive force.

        The senior officers who allegedly (it was videotaped) used excessive force, retired so they were not charged.

        IOKIFTPDI. It's okay if the police do it.

        ❧To thine ownself be true

        by Agathena on Mon May 21, 2012 at 06:04:22 PM PDT

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  •  Translation: (1+ / 0-)
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    Agathena

    Despite having Obama in power we must all act carefully not to raise the ire of the 1%'s attack dogs aka The Police.

    Act humble.  Show obedience.  Wear appropriate clothing that will show you understand what is expected of you.  As a citizen, you should voluntarily limit your freedom of movement, lest you imperil yourself at the hands of the enforcers of Freedom.

    Perhaps we should print up some T-shirts that proclaim "Proud To Be A Serf For The 1%".

    /angry snark

    There is a reason that Obama's Chiefs of Staff come from Wall Street Banks. And it has nothing to do with Change We Can Believe In.

    by Johnathan Ivan on Mon May 21, 2012 at 11:57:22 AM PDT

    •  Doesn't matter if you are standing motionless, you (1+ / 0-)
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      Johnathan Ivan

      could still get a baton to the skull in a demonstration just for existing. The demonstrations are legal, they have permits for the marches and yet the demonstrators are treated like criminals.

      ❧To thine ownself be true

      by Agathena on Mon May 21, 2012 at 06:06:55 PM PDT

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      •  Exactly so... (1+ / 0-)
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        Agathena

        But don't worry, Obama's Department of Justice, headed by that Corporate Defense Counsel Turned Attorney General, has recently come to our rescue by issuing a statement that people have a right to film public officials (the police) carrying out their duties (on public property) unless there are.... extenuating circumstances (of course that loophole will never be used).

        Action?

        Why, that's for the 1%.

        What we get are words.

        And we - those of us who are disinclined to meekly submit - ARE criminals in the 1%'s eyes.

        The 1% Feast on Results while the 99% Starve on Rhetoric They Can Believe In.

        by Johnathan Ivan on Mon May 21, 2012 at 06:32:59 PM PDT

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