Criminilization of Dissent and Sheer Police Brutality at the G20

torontoI've been following the very interesting discussion on my entry about the incident at Queen and Spadina Sunday night. Regular readers have promised never to read this site again. Some blame those at Queen and Spadina for being there, others feel the police mishandled things, everyone has an opinion.

Whether you agree or disagree with what went down, I think it's important we continue to ask questions and discuss things. Andrew pointed me to this note (name removed) wrote on her Facebook page.

On Saturday night, June 26th 2010, I was arrested without cause and forced to spend 18 hours at the G20 detention facility on Eastern Ave. A fairly large group of demonstrators were holding a peaceful gathering on the sidewalk outside the facility to stand in solidarity with other comrades and activists who had been targeted, followed, beaten, and arrested by police earlier in the weekend.* People were chanting, playing music, dancing, and exercising their rights to free speech and dissent within the law. It is worth emphasizing that there was absolutely no violence nor any threat of violence occurring. At about 1AM, our group was approached by hundreds of riot cops on all four sides, in full gear with masks, batons, guns, etc. After completely surrounding us, we were told through a loudspeaker that we were “breaching the peace” and that we had to disperse immediately. However, this order was impossible to fulfill as we were trapped and were not being given a way out. Five minutes later, we were given a second warning to leave the area, or “appropriate force” would be used against us. Once again, everyone in the group was asking the same question- HOW?? At this point, we wanted to leave and understood that we had to, but we couldn’t. Finally, after one of our group members pleaded with an officer, a small gap was created in the heavily fortified wall and we all began to file out, heading westward on Eastern Ave. We stuck closely together, for fear that any one person sticking out or walking alone would be individually targeted, as had happened earlier in the weekend. We quietly all left the surrounded zone and continued to walk down Eastern Ave, as riot cops continued to follow and surround us on either side of our line. Just before reaching Pape Ave, for some reason the cops suddenly cut off our line, trapping about half of the original group inside again. While the people at the front of the line were free to go home, the rest of us were told to put our hands on our heads. While we stood like that for fifteen minutes, I asked the guy standing beside me if we were actually getting arrested- he told me that getting arrested would be the best case scenario under these circumstances. 

After being notified of our arrest, we were swarmed by a bunch of cops and each of us was handcuffed. Our bags were thoroughly searched, we were asked to provide ID, and all of our belongings were taken. It was very obvious that I was the first person my arresting officer had ever arrested, as she clearly had no idea what was going on (“Do we actually need to fill out this part of the arrest form?” “How do these handcuffs work?” “I totally forgot to check your pockets, do you have anything in there?” etc.) The only thing she had any confidence in doing was telling me that it’s a good thing I’m self-employed because after this I’ll have no hope of ever getting a job again (which is obviously completely false). Our pictures were taken and they put us in the back of three police wagons, which were essentially stuffy hot cages with metal benches and locks. We were driven to the G20 detention facility, which was literally just down the street as we had just come from it, and held in the wagons for about an hour and a half. While waiting, I could hear both the cries of the other prisoners (who we had just been rallying for) as well as the uproar of the people that had just assembled outside (who were rallying for us). 

We were finally led inside the warehouse and locked up inside 3x6m metal cages. There were rows upon rows of these cages in there, bolted to the ground, crammed with people. Inside each cage was a small metal bench and a port-a-potty with no door and no toilet paper. It was freezing cold and they had taken both my sweater and my scarf. I spent the night on the dirty and cold cement floor with nine other women, shivering and huddled together to keep warm. The lights were on the entire time, and people in mine and neighbouring cages were continuously banging and shaking them, demanding to be let out. We begged the guard to bring us sweaters, but they had already run out of them a long time ago. Finally after it was obvious that people were going to get sick, we were given a total of three t-shirts and a couple of pairs of socks. We all took turns creating barriers in front of the bathroom so that we could each use the toilet with some level of privacy from all of the male cops walking around We were handcuffed the entire time, and some peoples’ handcuffs were on so tightly that their hands were going numb and fingers turning blue, but most of the guards refused to loosen them. We were given a styrofoam cup of water every couple of hours, and two sandwiches with cheese and butter inside them. I asked if I could have just a slice of bread because I’m lactose-intolerant (I’m actually vegan but wasn’t going to get into it) and they said no and told me to shut the fuck up. Most requests for anything, even just basic needs like menstrual pads, blankets, and medication, were either completely ignored or ridiculed. By the morning, after the Novotel mass arrests, 17 more women had been added to our cage, making it a total of 27. They included everyone from university professors to media reps to people who had just been walking down the street and got caught up in the mess.

On Sunday around mid-day, they finally started to process us. At this point, the entire prison was packed full of hundreds of tired, hungry, and understandably frustrated people, some of whom had been there for over twenty four hours. They had absolutely no grounds for holding us that long, and it was clear that we were being detained as political prisoners so that we couldn’t participate in any further actions on Sunday (and also so that they could fill their arrest quotas and justify spending absolutely absurd amounts of money (OUR money) on all of this and look like heroes etc etc.) Probably the most inspiring part of the entire bleak and incredibly dehumanizing process was the solidarity and support I received throughout, especially when walking past all of the other cages full of people while being led in handcuffs to the processing room. That is basically where I got the strength to keep going through this extremely nightmarish ordeal. While being processed, I was asked if I was aware why I had been arrested (NO), and told that I was going to be released without any charges, but also that if I was to protest again at the G20 I would be criminally charged. 

I was then moved to the “catch and release” area of the prison and told that my right to use the telephone was being negated since I was going to be released soon (which didn’t happen, and despite making it very clear in the subsequent hours that I deserved to make a phone call, I was still ignored). The “catch and release” area is where I witnessed the most despicable treatment by fellow human beings that I have ever experienced in my life. The abuse of power on the part of the police and court officers was unlike anything I ever could have imagined. Instances of blatant racist, sexist, and homophobic abuse were severe and ongoing. I do not even wish to repeat some of the demeaning and frankly horrifying things that I heard some officers say to myself and to other people, especially to women. The constant mockery of detainees and systematic downplaying of the pitiful nature of our circumstances made me realize how morally bankrupt and disconnected from reality and from humanity these cops actually are. I kept getting moved around from cage to cage and kept getting lied to about getting released soon. I eventually ended up in a cage by myself across from a cage with about 35 men in it. These particular men had been denied food, water, and answers for many, many hours. When desperate pleas for water were made, the police replied by converging right in front of their cage and chatting while drinking their own bottled water. There was one “juvenile offender” in there, a 14 year-old boy, being treated in the exact same way as everyone else, including being denied a phone call to his parents or to a lawyer. There was also a man in there in critical condition, almost without a pulse, and it took me literally screaming at the top of my lungs to get someone to finally pay any attention to him. 

I was also completely appalled at the sheer incompetency and disorganization of the police force. I couldn’t even count the amount of times I heard one officer say to another “I have no idea what is going on.” Nobody had any answers to any questions, whether they were our questions or their own questions to each other. If I ever hear another police officer say “We are working on it” or “We are trying our very best” I think I am going to lose it. This was the standard response to absolutely EVERYTHING. Many police officers even had the nerve to say things to me like “Trust me, I’m equally as frustrated as you are” or “I’ve been on my feet all day too so I know how you feel” or “I got woken up and called in to work in the middle of the night- this situation is unfair for everyone” or “It’s not that cold in here, you just FEEL cold because you’re tired” or “You wouldn’t be here in the first place if you weren’t so fucking violent!” The majority of them were just wasting time walking around trying to figure out what the hell they were supposed to be doing. They had no record of where anyone was in there, so every time they were looking for a specific person, they had to go around to every single cage and ask for them by name. Anytime I said anything to them (eg. “Why is the catch and release process all catch and no release?” “How many times are you going to walk by and pretend like you’re doing something?” “Why do I know more about the law than you do?” “Does your billion dollar budget not include FREE tap water?”), I feel that my release process became slower and slower. I realize these things may have been mildly insulting to them but they are all true and pale in comparison to how incredibly insulted I was to be locked up in that place. 

Finally at almost 8pm on Saturday evening, my photo was taken again, my belongings returned, and I was released. At one point they had said that one of the reasons it was taking so long was because there had been a riot outside and the prison had been on lock-down. I think they forgot about the fact those of us inside actually know a lot of the people who were outside and have now been informed that there was no such riot and no such lock-down, so it was just another lie added to the long list. I am incredibly thankful that I had friends that managed to find out that I was in there and were waiting to take me home when I got out. 

It is utterly reprehensible that something of this magnitude and level of injustice could occur in our city. Many peoples’ fundamental rights have been brutally violated and many people experienced much worse things than myself. This is but a microcosm of what occurs on our streets and in our prisons every single day. I will continue to refuse to be criminalized for expressing dissent against criminal and illegitimate institutions. 

*A similarly peaceful demonstration had been held outside the holding facility the night before, in support of our friend Emomotimi Azorbo, a deaf black male who had been arrested on Friday for crossing the street at Yonge and College after police had verbally instructed him not to (he is DEAF). On Friday night we were simply trying to convince an ableist and shamefully ignorant police force to allow an ASL interpreter inside the facility so that Emomotimi would be able to communicate with his lawyer and with police investigators, as any hearing person would be able to. The police denied these pleas, effectively denying him of his basic rights under the Canadian Charter. Support is now pouring in from deaf communities and allies around the world.


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Freddie P.

Utter nonsense.. the police do a million things right, and nobody says a word.
They do what they have to do under a unique and stressful situation and every prick on the left wants to piss on them.
If this happened in Toronto all the time, or ever before, you might have a slight argument.
In this situation it's nothing more than immature whining.
Hey Mike, how about diggin up some of the good things police did this weekend, because I'm sure there were a lot.
For you to print this letter, which I gave up on half way through, disappoints me Mike.
It's nothing more than part of an agenda.
Shame on all of you!

June 29, 2010 @ 9:11 AM

TCN

Sorry, this is a classic "he said, she said" and like Freddie P. I found it difficult to plow through the endless bleating.

Starting this manifesto off with "in solidarity with other comrades and activists" pretty much sums up this writer's obvious agenda.

I particularly like how she complains about "blatant racist, sexist, and homophobic abuse" and then has the gall to say that if she hears one more "We are trying our very best" or "Trust me, I'm equally as frustrated as you are" she's going to 'lose it'.

Gita, you were arrested at 1:00am on Sunday (not "Saturday night" as you claim) after God knows how many hours of breaching the peace on a public street with very frustrated homeowners living on that same street.

I was going to mention that the only thing I found disturbing was that after finally being allowed to leave the 'kettling' you were re-surrounded again... but by this point you, personally, were probably targetted as an a-hole and your fate was sealed.

*CLANK sound of jail door slamming*

June 29, 2010 @ 9:31 AM

Bone Chain

TCN - It seems as though no matter what the police do, you support them and no matter what people do, you think they are rioters.

...'after God knows how many hours of breaching the peace''

I saw with my own eyes an elderly asian lady with a shopping bag in one hand being hit in the face with a riot shield. There was blatent abuse by members of the 'integrated security unit'.

'by this point you, personally, were probably targetted as an a-hole and your fate was sealed'

You can't be arrested for being an asshole. You're free to walk the streets, no?

June 29, 2010 @ 9:42 AM

Bone Chain

Cheers for putting up these stories Mike. I reblogged this one, its only by putting out all information in the public domain that we get the whole story. This goes for police and protester alike. And we are getting whitewash from TPS so far.

No one wants troublemakers arrested more than those that live and work downtown.


June 29, 2010 @ 9:58 AM

Chris in EY

I have no doubt that some people got arrested who shouldn't have. The police were in a no win situation and I'm sure some mistakes were made. In reality though this is the one time most of these officers will ever be in this situation. You can wail and knash your teeth about that fact all you want, but it's the truth. The cops showed tremendous retraint for the most part though. If I don't want to get wet I stay out of the rain. If I don't want to get arrested I stay away from police. Interesting that there was a protest yesterday and nothing happened. As my mama said if you hang out with the wrong crowd, you sometimes get in trouble, no matter how innocent you are.

Now having said that it was idiotic to have this in downtown Toronto. Why don't they have these things on cruise ship or in Buffalo were no would notice any damage?

June 29, 2010 @ 10:17 AM

Cambo

First off, posting the entire letter was unnecessary. Get to the point. I gave up after the first paragraph as I could clearly see where it was going.

Unfortunately, no matter what the police did this weekend, there will always be people upset for the 1 or few cases where people were supposedly treated poorly. It happens. Sure it sucks- will you get over it? I'm sure you'll be fine.

I agree with Freddie. Mike, why don't you look into the GOOD that the police did. It's super easy to say "Police = bad" because that's all that's broadcast and printed. However, you say nothing of the chicken shits throwing bags of pee and jars of mustard at the cops.

In the end, no one was seriously hurt or killed. Wait till France next year, and watch the restraint of the forces there.

June 29, 2010 @ 12:50 PM

4x4 Time

I have no problem with people doing peaceful protesting in the proper forum and enviornment. I think by and large most demonstrations in Toronto are indeed peaceful.

But the weekend Summit was different. These summits have a history of drawing an unlawful crowd of people just intent on causing trouble.

When the Black Bloc shed their clothes and blend into the crowd, it further exasperates the problem and makes the cops job harder to isolate the true thugs.

From some videos I have seen, the ridiculous taunting and attitudes the cops had to put up with was incredible, and they should be commended for their patience and restraint.

June 29, 2010 @ 1:03 PM

JJ

To ALL you NON-BELIEVERS, shut the hell up!!!!!

This story is similiar to the ones many of us have heard. These aren't police, these are manipulated, brain-washed ROBOTS. To protest against government policies & you get arrested? These tough-guy cops that represented the government are minuscle peons in our society, even below actual criminals cause at least a criminal knows who he/she is.


These G20/8 meetings need to stop. They come to cities knowing full well of the destruction that they are about to cause & the lackies(COPS) are all too happy to oblige.

If these leaders represent the people, how about an open forum, where the people can actually listen to their discussions, & use the UN place in NY.

Enough of this nonsense.

What an ugly display by every cop, especially those that grabbed a 12 yr boy. PATHETIC!!!

June 29, 2010 @ 1:47 PM


G Valentino

I think I see what the prevailing attitude is becoming in Toronto, and it's not just with the cops: The crime is not necessarily being an anarchist, or a protester, or a vandal, it's just being out of the mainstream - "Walking while being an asshole" would the charge a previous commenter would use.

The most telling part of this - We are asked to take a nuanced view the police "They did their job, most were good, it could have been worse, just a few bad apples", while anyone who is protesting should be described as "deserving what they got, they were warned, what did they expect, they smashed my Starbucks" despite the fact that that was only a small group of demonstrators, whose actions have been condemned by the body at large (something you'll never see with the Blue Wall).

So in essence we're asking for the codification of a double standard - one group is given the benefit of the doubt, the other is crime by association, dismissed for being too wordy and too passionate about their cause.

That's bullying.

June 29, 2010 @ 2:24 PM

TCN

Bone Chain: it's really hard to contest arguments when you're all over the map.

I do not support police "no matter what" they do, nor do I think that "no matter what people do" they are "rioters". What you think my comments "seem to" represent about my beliefs is simply wrong.

Just as you are capable of understanding that throwing feces is "horrid" I am fully capable of understanding that some of the 20,000 security forces behaved poorly and in fact violated some rights.

The elderly asian lady you saw certainly sounds like a victim. But tell me: what on earth does this have to do with my comments on this thread about the arrest of Gita Maden?

June 29, 2010 @ 3:24 PM

Bone Chain

All over the map? - don't think so.

What it has to do with the above is that it is yet another example (among many) of a citizen being treated like a criminal.

Just as the author of the piece was, if her account is correct, where they randomly split a group leaving a protest in two and arrested and processed half of them. Dismissing her as being labelled an asshole is a pathetic attempt to justify what happened to her.

If someone kept an animal in those conditions it would be illegal. Dismissing VERY VALID concerns as 'bleating' and accusing her of an agenda is ridiculous.

Here's why I have sympathy with the writer. I marched 'in solidarity' with Amnesty. And I got caught in a bottleneck where the situation changed rapidly and was within a metre of a swing of a nightstick through no fault of my own. I saw a glass bottle on the ground, to the side where protesters were approaching and tried to hand it or kick it to an officer so it wouldn't be used as a weapon but decided not to because I felt that they were more likely to hit a citizen than allow them to take a weapon out of reach of a black block member.

So I ask you, what if it was your sister or cousin in that situation? What would it take for you to have sympathy for a girl having to piss and shit in front of male officers. Because other stories have emerged from the holding centre that give weight to this story. Or do you dismiss them out of hand?

If it was your sister telling you the above tale, would you tell her to shut up and stop bleating?

June 29, 2010 @ 4:21 PM

TCN

I would tell my sister to make a formal complaint through the civilian/police oversight channels. Which is just what TPS is inviting all aggrieved parties to do.

Then I would use my contacts in the media to raise a sh**storm about her case.

In between, and after she'd calmed down, I would tell her she's an idiot for sticking around a protest flashpoint all day and refusing all police orders to disperse.

But my sister would never, ever write that claptrap written by Gita Maden. Thank Christ.

June 29, 2010 @ 4:41 PM

Bone Chain

Let me get this straight, if that had been your sister you would defend her and raise her case with people in the media. But at the same time you consider the course of events as being claptrap once they're written down. Is that what you're saying? Why such a harsh critic of the written word?

June 29, 2010 @ 4:57 PM

TCN

I will try to make this very simple, my dear Bone Chain.

1. I consider Gina Maden's missive to be full of crap. Not necessarily 100 per cent crap, but close enough to the brim that I don't want to bother guessing what did or did not happen, and to what degree... or not.

2. If my sister wrote that missive I would not raise a finger to help her. I would, in fact, rip that letter into shreds and say "Quit bleating like a loony-tune and tell me WTF really happened. Everything, including WTF you were doing down there at 1:00am."

3. Whether or not I would then help my sister would depend on my confidence in having as many facts in hand as possible. And since this is all hypothetical anyway, WHO CARES.

4. You seem like a fairly smart fellah. For example, your decision not to hand a broken bottle to a cop sounds damned smart. You suggest that this whole thing is an example of "a citizen being treated like a criminal." I can only invite you to consider that Gina Maden and her fellow noisy protesters were committing a criminal act when they refused multiple orders to disperse from a residential street at 1:00am.

And if you just cannot entertain even this possibility, at all, then you and I will never agree. Period.

June 29, 2010 @ 5:33 PM

Mike from Lowville

Hey Mike, seems do be a lot more holy...er than thou people posting on your blog. Please clean up the riff raff, thanks, your pal, Mike.

June 29, 2010 @ 5:40 PM

Il Duce

@Toronto Mike

I have to agree with FreddieP on this. Come on Mike, what are you trying to pull? This site was a place where all could go to read serious and funny issues whether you agreed or disagreed with.

I couldn't make it half way through that letter without shaking my head. Pure nonsense Mike, posting a letter that even Stephen King couldn't think about writing.

Bring this site back to it's original state.

June 29, 2010 @ 6:44 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Et tu, Il Duce?

C'mon guys, I shared this person's account because I feel we need to have this conversation.

As for this site's original state, I'm just waiting for Burkie to do something.

June 29, 2010 @ 6:48 PM

Bone Chain

TCN - How about a phased climbdown?

The girl may be a poor writer, (maybe even a poor fiction writer), but as I said earlier all these stories need to be told, and if she is a poor writer, its beside the point, she made the effort and took the time to tell her story. Some of these stories will inevitabily be absolute muck, but the true ones will out.

This is why I stood up for the girl when you were dismissive. Its not fair to assume that all the protesters were breaching the peace, or to generalize about agenda's, or smirk about her fustration at being told 'trust me' or 'we are working on it'. As Mike says, the conversation needs to be had.

I'll bet we could actually agree on a lot, once we stopped being combative.

June 29, 2010 @ 7:28 PM

TCN

I'm all for a phased climbdown, Bone Chain.

And to those who think Toronto Mike shouldn't have reposting this letter, I disagree. I happen to think the writer is disbursing propaganda which dilutes many of her claims, but that doesn't mean the debates should be washed away.

June 29, 2010 @ 7:36 PM

A Concerned Citizen

I'm not sure what, exactly, is more repellent: The behaviour of the police this weekend, or the ridiculous excuses offered forth by assorted badge bunnies and holster-sniffers like Freddie P. First of all, no, police fucking well don't do "a million things right". On occasion, when it suits them , their schedule and their needs, they will manage to do the right thing---even a blind squirrel finds the odd nut now and then. For the most part, however, what they do is misuse their power, selectively use their power, lord their power over cowering citizenry, and generally demand a level of respect that is nowhere near reciprocated with the people to whom they are accountable. Most of their time seems to be spent idling by roadside, allowing their clearance rate for important crimes to plummet as they perform such necessary public services as pulling over speeding ATMs...er, citizens, and juicing the local coffers with revenue. They are paramilitary tax collectors. That's it. Perhaps if doing useful community policing were as lucrative, we might actually see them doing something of value for once.

They are public servants. Period. They serve us. They exist to protect and serve the taxpaying populace. That's it. The function of the police is not to serve as an auxiliary branch of the military (much to their dismay, I'm sure), nor to serve the whims of politicians. They are our employees. It's not for us to scuttle around with our eyes to the floor like obsequious kiss-asses, and to accept being treated like criminals for daring to walk the streets in public without our papers. And whether we respect them or not, they have a duty...let me repeat that word again for the benefit of the developmentally challenged...a *duty*, to serve and protect all citizens. It is not up to them to selectively provide or withhold services to citizens. There is a term for doing so, incidentally: Corruption. So to every police apologist who trods out the tired "you better hope you never need a cop!" line, consider this: What you have effectively just said is, "These assholes pick and choose who they serve on the basis of how much or how little grief they receive in return". That, boys and girls, is corruption. And if that's what they are doing (and it fucking well is), then every taxpayer in this city, and indeed this country, should be angry as hell about it. They are the nightwatchmen. We, however, own the department store.

And spare me this "it's a dangerous job" bullshit. Statistically, law enforcement ranks as the tenth most dangerous line of work in North America, behind the likes of farmers and sanitation workers (!). Yes, garbage men are more likely to die on the job than police and corrections officers are. And to the best of my knowledge, neither of those two professions successfully rewrites the Charter Of Rights And Freedoms as it suits them, and neither gets anywhere near the taxpayer revenue allotment. Oh, and unlike the police and their dealing with "dangerous criminals", farmers and garbagemen cannot talk their way out of falling into machinery. A good (and thus, extremely rare) policeman *can* talk someone out of attacking him. You'd never guess that, however, from the astonishing amount of panhandling, fear-mongering horseshit that cops run out every time someone quite sensibly takes a good hard look at the policing budget.

Look, I'm usually the first to suggest that violent protesters need a good ass-whipping. That isn't what happened here. What happened here was that citizens who were legitimately protesting an appallingly illegitimate G20 summit were subject to horrendous police tactics and rights violations. Meanwhile, the protesters who actually WERE violent were pretty much allowed to run amok without consequence. How many of those big, juicy arrest stats that the stormtroopers in blue racked up this weekend were of Black Bloc rioters? But at least they put those young kids in their place, huh? Christ...and people are *defending* this shit? AND getting after this poor girl for writing about her experiences?

Thank you for sharing this link, Mike, and I truly am sorry that the myopic halfwits who sadly seem to make up the lion's share of your constituency (if this thread is any indication) don't share your interest in a meaningful discussion about what happened in this city on the weekend.

June 29, 2010 @ 10:27 PM

A Concerned Citizen

CORRECTION: It turns out that policing is not, in fact, the tenth most dangerous profession.

It is the twelfth most dangerous profession...

June 29, 2010 @ 10:41 PM

Freddie P.

@Concerned Citizen.. I bet you have a bunch of demerit points.
It's the only way to explain your stupid, extremely stupid rant.

June 29, 2010 @ 11:42 PM

A Concerned Citizen

Freddie P: Clean as a whistle, for what it's worth.

And you have still brought absolutely nothing to the table to justify the existence of these C- students turned civil service bottom feeders.

June 30, 2010 @ 3:14 AM

_Justink

@Freddie P, What the police did right on the weekend doesn't justify the horrible treatment of innocent tax-paying Toronto citizens that did nothing wrong.

The police did do a lot of good things on the weekend, but does that give them the right to do bad things? You have to wake up and realize that even if the police were in a tough situation and working hard to keep us safe, they still need to be held accountable for the unfair treatment of innocent people as if they were criminals.

June 30, 2010 @ 8:41 AM

Vegas

Concerned Citizen: You are making your points equally invalid by levelling generalizations.

"C-students turned civil service bottom feeders"? Does that make protestors "B-school/PoliSci dropout, philosophy-by-default majors turned self-hating government leeches?"

Of course it doesn't. C'mon, if anyone here is interested in intelligent debate, I would suggest to stop attacking the other side and actually address the validity of your own side.

June 30, 2010 @ 10:02 AM

JJ

Just a few bad apples?

What world are you living in? Snatch & Grabs, peaceful demonstrations met with intimidation & violence from the cops, physical brutality, sexual harassment, etc. What don't you get?

I didn't realize the undercover cops, AKA Black Bloc, would continue their phony assault on these blogs.

June 30, 2010 @ 2:40 PM

Neville A. Ross

@Vegas: You are nothing but a big, stupid sheep if you didn't get what was being said by Concerned Citizen and (name removed), and the same also applies to you, TCN. Hope that when you go someplace and a cop's nearby, you don't get on their wrong side.

July 1, 2010 @ 2:29 PM

notepad

Shocking police brutality: G20 Detention Center, 629 Eastern Avenue, Toronto, Canada

Shocking footage about the G20 Detention Center,- a converted film studio on 629 Eastern Avenue, Toronto, Canada. Women and girls are strip searched, assaulted and intimidated by male officers, no food, no water, no phone call, no laywer - no human dignity.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qp2w1LZhfTo


Shame on you! Police brutality against women G20 Toronto, Canada

15-18 year old girls only get 3 tiny cheese sandwiches and 3 cups of water for over 30 hours. 100's of girls are strip searched, watched naked and some sexually harassed by male police officers. Sexist behaviour and explicit sexual remarks ar very commonplace in the G20 detention center. Women and girls are violently detained, snatched and shot at by police in Toronto, Canada during the G20 2010. Young people traumatized for their life. Held for 30 hours in a guantanamo like prison camp with insufficient food and 3 tiny cups of water, 40 women held in tiny, cold cells. No right to a lawyer, no right to a phone call, freezing cold...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3Xo_XzNA64


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July 10, 2010 @ 8:37 AM

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