Police Go Bat-Shit Insane at Toronto G8/G20

Photo by Jason Allies, CBC Flickr PoolPhoto by Jason Allies, CBC Flickr PoolI’ve been watching the crazy footage of police in Toronto – or should I say footage of the crazy police in Toronto. You would think these cops have gone completely nuts the way they beat the crap out of journalists and peaceful protestors in unprovoked attacks. But, of course, they haven’t lost their minds – this is government policy!

The G-420 protest held by marijuana activists at Dundas Sqaure was a smoking success with little inference from the cops, but other activists weren’t so lucky.

Though the protests were overwhelmingly peaceful, the media chose to focus on a small group of black-clad hooligans and suspected police agents provocateurs (they’ve done it before) who knocked the windows out of local chain stores and set cop cars on fire. This gave the police carte blanche to act as violent as they wanted toward non-violent protestors and get away with it by blaming it all on “anarchist thugs”. It also allowed Harper to claim that the billion-dollar bill for the conference (to the Canadian taxpayer) is justified.

In fairness, a friend told me he witnessed many of the Black Bloc defending other protestors and distracting police – so we probably shouldn’t paint them all with the same (black) brush.

The event was the biggest mass arrest in Canadian history, with unprecedented numbers of reports of police brutality and abuse.

Check out some of this disturbing footage.

In this vid, the cops surround and tackle peaceful protestors.

Cops vs. Canada: here’s one of the police rushing a group of protestors who are singing “O Canada”. Especially creepy.

Peaceful G20 protest at Queen & Spadina from Meghann Millard on Vimeo.

Large groups of cops rushing into peaceful crowds with batons swinging.

The police were using minivans to grab protestors off the streets and recklessly speed away to locations unknown.

Pure craziness: Here’s one of police opening fire on peaceful protestors and throwing girls in vans.

This is a good piece by The Real News where the journalist filming is punched in the face twice. The footage shows several other beatings.

There is absolutely no justification for what the cops did this past weekend, though police aren’t making any apologies. Unfortunately, the CBC and other networks aren’t showing much of the footage, thanks to round-the-clock coverage of the Queens visit.

If Canadians don’t stand up against this oppressive government, we are the crazy ones.

Here are a few articles about Police State Toronto.

“This time, the cops were out of line” – Toronto Sun

“Activists decry arrests at peaceful march” – Globe & Mail

“Terrifying police raid wakens couple at 4 a.m.” – Toronto Star

“Charlie Veitch: Arrested, Tortured, Caged by Toronto Fascist Police at G8/G20” – Infowars.com

“Toronto Police To Use Military Sound Cannons Against Protesters” – Russia Today

“Eyewitness accounts of police brutality and indiscriminate arrests” – Rabble

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UPDATE: Big props to The Georgia Straight and Rabble for some excellent coverage. And FUCK YOU CBC and Peter Mansbridge for your pathetic coverage and sycophantic defending of horrendous police actions – I feel so let down by our public broadcaster!

“Amnesty International calls for review of security measures at G8 and G20 summits in Ontario” – Georgia Straight

“Police trampled civil liberties over G20 summit weekend, groups complain” – The Canadian Press

“Steve Paikin’s tweets offer eyewitness account of Toronto police brutality at G20 summit” – Georgia Straight

“Ontario NDP calls for public inquiry on security response to G20 protests” – Georgia Straight

“Conditions for detainees at 629 Eastern Avenue are illegal, immoral and dangerous” – Rabble

Jeremiah Vandermeer
Jeremiah Vandermeer

Jeremiah Vandermeer is Cannabis Culture Chief of Operations and Editor of Cannabis Culture Magazine & Pot TV.

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32 Comments

  1. Anonymous on

    “Just because you didnt see it doesn’t meanit wasn’t happening.”

    What?

    Right, so we’re now not discussing the evidence presented in the article above or any other actual evidence, but just whatever *might* have been going on. By that logic, we could just as easily be discussing anything that’s not a logical contradiction. For example, the unicorns that were wandering around the city on that day — just because no one saw them doesn’t mean it wasn’t happening.

    Seriously, when you have to resort to this kind argument you might as well just fling some feces — it has the same weight of force behind it.

    P.S. Nice attempt at yet another gross exaggeration beyond reason — the city was not “under siege” by any stretch of the imagination.

  2. Anonymous on

    I would go one step further. Not is all as it seems. Anyone can hold a shield with the label ‘POLICE’ on it. These people are acting like highly organized military that were trained in crowd control, riot control, rendition, and interrogation.

    I would guess there were a number of private mercenaries, Canadian CIA, and/or a force managed by the G20 and/or IMF. That force was probably more than the police numbers.

  3. Anonymous on

    Just because you didnt see it doesn’t meanit wasn’t happening. Your city was under seige by scumbags.

    Anyway, this is what Im talking about. More folks need to stand up to these punks.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CKkLYYczdM

    next year, follow them with your cameras in thier faces. Stand up to them.

  4. ray christl THC Media on

    This is a total outrage,yet the masses remain asleep with fear.This is what got me started blogging here.This global CIA-MAFIA G-20 policy of slavery,and Harper/Obama et.al.(whoever) must not speak against the New World Order.Over a billion on security,and people still vote for these ????can’t say SCUM.

  5. Pull your heads out of your asses on

    The Black Block Anarchists are state sponsored terrorism. Period. Can you understand that these people are funded by Private Foundations and have the full backing of local authorities and from the FBI. Hell most of the time it’s just cops dressed up. They come to town, seemingly self funded and they always seem to raise just enough trouble to never get arrested, but just enough that the cops come and beat the crap out of everyone else. They’re called Agent Provocateurs and your governments are putting these people out in the front to raise trouble, these are Cointelpro trusties and political weapons for the government. Anybody with two cents and a b-b for a brain knows this, and have nothing to do with these affiliations. It’s a dog and pony show, and people just eat it up. And to think I thought pot opened minds. Unplug from the propaganda machine before you start pulling tubes. Oh yes the Police State is good, who else to defend you from the big bad anarchists. We need to be dressed like storm-troopers with armored tanks and sound cannons or the terrorists win. What a sick joke. And it’s swallowed hook line and sinker time and time again.

  6. Anonymous on

    Is this what a police state looks like?

    By Murray Dobbin 30 Jun 2010 COMMENTS(0) Vancouver Sun Community of Interest

    Filed under: civil liberties, security, Toronto, G8, G20, arrests, Black Bloc, demonstrators, police

    Police states don’t appear full blown, over night. They are, like any other social phenomenon, part of social and political process – the end result of a long term corruption of the political culture and the incremental diminishing of democracy. This is a process that has been taking place for at least twenty years in Canada and it should come as no surprise that the police in Canada are now willing to take actions – at the direction of the politicians – that escalate the threats to democratic expression and the intimidation of ordinary citizens.

    The corporate security state is not static – it will keep filling more and more space to the extent that they are allowed to by civil society. It is not a process that will suddenly arrest itself. There is no “enough” in this plan.

    But in that incremental process there are seminal moments – sort of qualitative leaps in the continuum of anti-democratic moves that momentarily reveal to everyone willing to look what is actually happening. The police actions in Toronto are one of those key moments, one that we will look back on as a time when the authoritarian governments we now endure tested our resolve.

    They know exactly what they are doing. There was no spontaneous “over-reaction.” There were no cops “out of control” – the obvious fact is that were always in control. This was a very strategic operation from beginning to end. The decision to allow the Black Bloc to do its destructive work without any intervention at all was strategic as the police and their political masters knew the media would play their pre-assigned reactionary role and focus on the destruction of property. The mass arrest of 900 people was a message to those willing to take a stand: you could be next, and a criminal record is no laughing matter. There is no question that amongst the mob of window-breakers and car-burners were a significant number of agents provocateurs. How many we will likely never know as this time around none were exposed as they were in Montebello at the SSP Summit.

    The black clad activists have a lot to answer for – they provide the cover for the provocateurs and they are totally responsible for the media frenzy about the damage to a few shops. Perhaps next time the real social activists should swarm these people and stop them if the police refuse. They are the enemies of social change – we should treat all of them as agents provocateurs and plan to deal with them accordingly. In the process we might catch a few more cops in the act.

    But in the bigger picture they are a side show. The crisis in democracy itself is developing quickly as the security state apparatus and its political committee – Harper and his handful of operatives obviously, but provincial governments as well – plan for the future. It is a future that promises to be increasingly grim.

    There is a clear connection here between the obscene amount of money spent on security, the completely unnecessary shut-down of Toronto, the nine foot fences, what the police did – and what the “leaders” talked about. We could call them the austerity summits: an agreement to make working people and the poor pay for the crisis. In the next year – unless Harper can actually be forced from office – Canada will witness the second wave of huge cutbacks to the social democratic state.

    The set up is in place: the enormous tax cuts implemented by Flaherty in 2007 (and still being implemented) and the resulting huge deficits (party due to the “stimulus”) is the perfect useful crisis to justify massive cuts to social spending and the radical downsizing of the federal state (with the military intact and growing). In effect, Harper wants to download everything onto the provinces and distribute the political responsibility for downsizing to all senior governments.

    These cuts will have a severe impact on hundreds of thousands of Canadians – individuals and families already facing an economic crisis of unsustainable personal debt, and over-work at mostly low wages. High unemployment is the other useful crisis – a key part of the strategy of “labour flexibility” aimed at lowering the share of the economy achieved by workers, and thus decreasing their political power at the same time.

    Will this increasing pressure on Canadians’ quality of life and economic security be the trigger that creates the conditions for social unrest? There is no way of knowing that ahead of time but it will certainly present the conditions for a rejuvenation of social movement efforts to mobilize against the corporate state. Labour will be forced from its self-imposed slumber and have to take a real stand – and not just show up a single demonstration.

    When resistance does increase that corporate state hopes to have created a new a normal where demonstrating is seen as vaguely threatening, the demand for civil liberties is the recourse of scoundrels, and criticism of governments naïve at best and dangerous at worst.

    Economic insecurity does not necessarily lead to greater resistance. It can also lead to passivity out of fear that things could get even worse. That passive part of the population is the classic ground for fascist politics and the desire for a “strong” leader, in the mode of a father figure. Harper, of course, has always played that role. For the moment at least it has had limited appeal as his party’s 30% in the polls shows. But he always polls higher than his party and leads the leadership stakes in part because of this strong leader image.

    We have a decidedly different political culture in Canada than they do in the US but what is happening there can also happen here – not in exactly the same way and not as quickly. But in the absence of a vigorous mass movement, based on hope for the future, there is only one other possibility: things will inevitably get worse as the capitalist crisis deepens.

    Now what? What will the 25,000 people who participated in the demonstrations do in the face the assault on their fellow-citizens? Will they become active in organizations fighting for a better world? Will they donate $100 each to those organizations critical to defending democracy? ($2.5 million would make a difference.) Will the labour movement – still the sector of civil society best equipped to put resources into the struggle – finally take the situation seriously? Will they come together, call for a coalition to rid the country of the most dangerous prime minister in its history? Will enough people demand of the NDP that it actually defend democracy – instead of denouncing the violence as its only statement on the events did? Is the NDP even capable under its current leadership of understanding where we are and how to address the crisis?

    I can’t think of a better wake-up call for all of us than the wanton violation of civil liberties and democracy that happened on the weekend. Calling for an independent investigation, demanding civil liberties be respected, denouncing the governments involved, raising money to defend those falsely charged – all of this is necessary.

    But it is not nearly enough.

    http://communities.canada.com/vancouversun/blogs/communityofinterest/archive/2010/06/30/is-this-what-a-police-state-looks-like.aspx

  7. Just Me on

    Goddamn right the cops are scumbags. I can’t even imagine what hell they went through in their individual upbringings to turn them into the ignorant, mercenary thugs that they are today. I’ve NEVER met a single cop who isn’t an un-indicted felon many times over. I laugh out loud whenever I see in a news report that one (or more) of them got what was coming to him (or her). Any bets on whether there will be prosecutions of the four Vancouver airport RCMP thugs?

  8. Anonymous on

    Power:

    I think change can happen when the community begins to heal itself. A real community, one based on both area and very basic ideals common to all must come into existence again. These days where we only seek out our own, where few of us know our next door neighbors, where we spend more time in virtual communities preaching to our own choir is not the kind of community that will engender the change we all want.

    And what is the change we all want? I believe it can be said in one word: RESPECT.

    Respect for our differences, respect for our common humanity.

    This comes hard when we don’t respect the other side. And the usual response when I mention such things is, “Why respect them? They don’t respect me?” The fact is that they just don’t know you, and if they did, they might think differently. Of course, when you’re part of a mob, you’re nolonger an individual that one can know.

    Those who speak of love and compassion speak noble words, to live that life however, requires that an overcoming of the naussea when those who are the antithesis of our own ideals and lifestyle are encountered. And those who wish to fight, must learn to fight nobely, to respect their enemies, to learn to win and to lose gracefully. And both must learn to lead by example.

    As far as leaders getting corrupted. I think the “fall” from idealism is always seen as corruption. But more often, those who we have taken as our leaders were not so great in the first place. Obama for instance. What a joke it was to think he would foster the change he professed once elected. He gave good speaches, said what we wanted to hear. That’s called “rhetoric” and it’s part of “politics” and it’s how things work in a representative government. It’s why I believe so much in local and grass-roots politics. It’s a rare ocassion when change comes from the top and rarer still when that change is seen as good.

    I personally believe that the anti-prohibition and medical marijuana movements have come as far as they have not because of protests and angst and division, but because there have been so many noble leaders of the cause, speaking rationaly, acting with respect, who have fought hard to bring people together, rather than create an atmosphere of “us vs. them”. And all that beginning at a grass-roots level. Changing local laws, then state laws. If we can ever legalize in just one state and show that it can work, the dominos will start to fall.

    I’m certainly not against gatherings though. Rally’s and festivals and other kinds of outreach are all great, depeding on how they are executed, and thes can bring people tegether. However, the kinds of “protests”, as I have seen here and elsewhere, just seem to foster illwill and violence. I mean, they do not seem to really have any other purpose than to create conflict, raise tension, and be a breeding ground for the basest parts of our nature.

    When it comes to a powder keg, only one match is needed to set it off.

    If people just took a step back and asked themselves before going on some march or protest, “Does what we are about to do serve the greater good? Will it foster understanding in those who do not undertand us?” I think the answer would most often be, “No.” And so the next question, “Why are we doing this?” …a question we don’t ask ourselves nearly enough.

  9. Anonymous on

    It is interesting that Peter Mansbridge was at the Bilderberg meeting just a few weeks ago. Wonder what they talked about?

  10. Anne on

    These videos look like SCA events – staged combat. I know they’re real, but it’s uncanny and surreal. Just think, in 500 years the new SCA will be holding events that recreate mass groups of cops vs protesters and we’ll wonder what on earth was the government thinking.

    People think that society is civilized, and many of us are, but just one look at these videos is proof that, thanks to our governments, there is no civility allowed. We are a world of peaceful people trapped within the chaos brought to our very doorsteps by the fools who insist on this war on us – this war on “drugs.” It is so vile, disgusting, and rife with evil, and IT is what needs to be purged from this world.

  11. Worm on

    This was the plan from the beginning as was mentioned earlier, to try and justify 1 billion dollars. The “cops” had no problem grabbing peaceful protesters so they could have grabbed the few vandals that were all dressed the same and not that hard to see. And there were toronto cops bashing people as well so they are included. They should all be ashamed of their actions and the head cop “adolf blair” should be fired. But of course the media will do shit and just get the cops side and praise them and that will be that. But as they have proven time and time again cops cannot be trusted and are only out to violate are liberties. Shameful action by every single cop that was there.

    Peace & Pot

  12. Anonymous on

    The city was not “being destroyed” — that’s a gross exaggeration beyond reason. Furthermore, the one instance where there was actually violence and destruction of property the police were nowhere to be seen — seems odd that with such a heavy police presence that they weren’t able to respond to the one instance where they were actually needed. It makes me very suspicious about who exactly these vandals were and how they managed to avoid police attention.

    Also, the peaceful didn’t “get in the way” — they were targeted in order to make a show of force. It’s not like any of these videos show peaceful protesters putting themselves between the police and those using violence and destroying property or even simply being caught in that position by an unfortunate turn of events — they were targeted.

  13. jeremiah on

    I am not the Prince of Pot.

    Although, Marc may have felt the same way I did after watching an entire weekend of CBC coverage of the event – where Mansbridge and company failed to mention police beatings and glossed over any criticism of the cops or government. Only police officials were asked to make comments, and NOWHERE was an oppositional voice. Just video footage of burning police cars for hours while I watch protestors getting their asses whooped by violent police on YouTube.

    I’m sorry, but I’m tired of being polite about it. The CBC is still my favorite Canadian television news channel (shit, what else do we have?) and they have treated Marc very well in the past, but they let all Canadian down this weekend and I needed to get it off my chest.

  14. Anonymous on

    indeed.

    But knowing the cause is important. If your city was being destroyed, youd roll out the cops too. The peacefull got in the way and it sucks but the blame, in my opinion, falls squarely on the shoulders of the anarchist groups.

    it will be thier fault when they do it next year and it all happens again, too.

    Citizens really need to get involved when they see vandals behaving like wild animals. They are weaker than you think. Most often just punk kids.

    I wouldn’t tolerate that group in my town.

  15. Anonymous on

    The fact you felt you needed to clarify what you meant by “black dressed scumbags” speaks volumes about the actions of the police — even someone who believes it’s all the “anarchist jerk’s” fault knows the cops could easily be perceived as the ones who are the “scumbags in black” on this occasion.

  16. Anonymous on

    The CBC has given the Prince of Pot a great deal of coverage. I don’t think his words would be that harsh.

  17. Asia POT media on

    The love and respect that Marc Emery talks to the anonymous “turnkey”guards is a great technique.The famous Marc talks with LOVE as a technology to influence,and they begin to understand your ideas,and care about truth.They start to realize why Marc Emery is creating a new world,and their life is enriched by just knowing him.Then the secret ballot vote can work to legalize Cannabis.I think this brilliant strategy will end SwatHell War.Go FREE MARC spirit of love into the face of war.

  18. MOTFA on

    Pfarthing6…I do believe in change and in the power to make change, but why is it when 99.999 percent of people who finally make it to power after a long struggle end up being corrupted by those around them? Is it because they are cowards, afraid to die for what they believe in? Then why the hell did they want the power to begin with?

    Of course, we ALL know what happens to the people who get into power and are not corruptible.

    They end up dead.

    So how can positive change really happen? If someone has the solution, you let me know.

  19. MOTFA on

    Pfarthing6…I do believe in change and in the power to make change, but why is it when 99.999 percent of people who finally make it to power after a long struggle end up being corrupted by those around them? Is it because they are cowards, afraid to die for what they believe in? Then why the hell did they want the power to begin with?

    Of course, we ALL know what happens to the people who get into power and are not corruptible.

    They end up dead.

    So how can positive change really happen? If someone has the solution, you let me know.

  20. Anonymous on

    Why is Harper still in power? Do people not understand what’s happening? Since he’s been elected there’s been so much injustice fuming from the Conservative Party of Canada. It’s blatant irresponsibility that allows such ridiculous ideology to exist. Protesting is the fundamental right that makes a democracy. A public opinion in which government officials are to take seriously. It seems to me the only thing they take seriously are their biased polls. It’s time we stop saying YES to injustice and start saying NO. Please, for the sake of Canada’s future, vote something other than Conservative in the next election. It really sickens me to say this, and perhaps I’m rambling, but it’s truly time that they regime ends. I was once proud to say “I’m Canadian”, but until this silliness ends, I’m not gonna feel the same way when I say that. Restore our rights!

  21. Pfarthing6 on

    OK, this is going to run roughshod over some folks feelings, but sometimes I just gotta say what I think.

    As a preface, I think Marc’s case is outrageous, all drugs should be legal, and the militarization of police and militant-ization of the public are serious indicators that things are in need of change.

    That said, as far as I can see, the outcome of an event like this is totally normal, or has become so these days at least. It’s the same thing each and every time I watch any kind of protest like this, and I just wish some of the so called openminded people who want change, as I do, would really get a clue.

    I mean, the video comments suggest that the cops didn’t give them a way out. Really? Like that hasn’t happened before? Doesn’t anyone who oranizes these events analyze the police tactics? So, it’s OK if the police tell you which way to turn, but not OK for them to tell you to turn around and go home? Make up your mind! You can’t both cooperate and not cooperate. Can’t both trust the police then complain that they didn’t do as you expected, especially when they did exactly as should have been expected.

    Everyone blames either the cops or the black masked trouble makers. Nobody blames themselves for going down the same old path. Nobody seems to learn anything from the experience …except the cops. They learn that you can totally lure a bunch of protestors down any street you want, box them in, and then take them out one at a time because very very few will ever risk personal injury in defense of his/her fellow …and if there are any so brave, or just look it, those are the ones you take down first. It’a military tactic, it’s what they’re trained to do. So, why the uproar? Why the, “OMG, I can’t believe this is happening?” IT ALWAYS HAPPENS.

    Then there’s the fact that the protestors absolutely will not acknowledge the uber ideological conflict that is going on, that they themselves are pushing to the inevitable conclusion: violence.

    Does anyone even ask themselves if protests work? Look to Greece, some of the most massive protests against the establishment in our modern times, and no, it doesn’t seem to work. It does not even serve the purpose that the protestors themselves have set forth, the change doesn’t come. It is a dead horse being whipped over and over and we wonder why nothing changes?

    Furthermore, these kinds of loosely organized anti-establishment gatherings threaten the very foundation of what most of the establishment-backed cops have been taught to believe in since they were kids. And they are supposed to sit back and be cool with it? They are people too, you know? Not robots! There was a lot of anger coming from the protestors, a lot of threat (on different levels), no matter the chants of “peace” shouted at the top of their lungs. The threat is to the entire world that the “others” believe in, have sworn to die for. What kind of reaction is to be expected?

    I don’t mean to invalidate how the people who attend these protests feel or to say that their cause is unjust. I’m just saying that the outcome is inevitable and anyone who participates in such a demonstration should not be surprised (or worse, be caught off guard) that it turns out this way so often.

    On that note, it’s probably obvous that I don’t see the point in these events, these protests, demonstrations, what have you. Not in the usual way they manifest these days. Is the point to show the world something? Well, they almost never get covered by the mainstream media. The guy saying, “The whole world is watching!” is wrong. It’s not watching, it doesn’t care what happens to a few dissidents or what motivates them. And what if a million, two million, even a billion people around the world watch? We all do far too much watching and not enough building relationships with those that might see things differently.

    Now, if the protestors ever WON the day, rather than acting like disgruntled sheeple and letting themselves get pushed all over the place, that might make the headlines. It did in the 30s and the headlines were not so nice. If for once, people would be just as organized and disciplined and well trained as those that they oppose, didn’t let even one of their number go down without a serious fight, then that might be news worthy on the big screen. Of course, that has happened in history and led to the rise of all the many fascist governments before WWII. The communist revolution is right up there too. A revolution of the people and by the people and a creation of one of the most aggregious violators of human rights the the world has ever known.

    IMHO, protestes are a worthless expenditure of time and emotional energy. They engender mob mentality, disrepsect all those who have worked hard and long to create a relatively peaceful civil society, do more to divide people than bring them together, and the truth is, if there weren’t a protest, there would have been no violence. Period.

    So, as a suggestion for all the peace lovers out there: learn to shoot, learn the law, and become a respected and influencial member of your community. Change you want will only come when you have the power to make it happen.

  22. Anonymous on

    to your last rem,ark “shoot you with guns” the police have rubber bullets that hurt like a btich i know from experience that they hurt. the police can all ways shootu with those and there will be holes in the shields that you suggeted plus the police souldnt even have more that a few smoke grenades and pepper spray thus they r protected from protesters if things get ugly but they will be to scared to try anything like starting a riot if they r armed with next to nothing

  23. NewCannabian on

    The actions of protesters employing Black Bloc tactics, while cowardly, were used by police to justify disgusting and excessive displays of force against non-violent activists exercising freedom of expression.

    Among the myriad people assaulted here in Toronto by police in recent days: Eric Compton, Bryan O’Gorman(the day AFTER the G20 at a rally to support victims of police violence) and Naomi Polley! Ridiculous!

  24. Anonymous on

    Riots dont work…

  25. Lone Ranger on

    Interesting that these thugs, you call cops, all dressed up in their paramilitary garb and gear, are immune to persecution and can beat the living tar out of you, yet if you try to defend yourself from being maimed by these State-Sponsored terrorists you will be charged with “assault”.

    Isn’t it about time to take back your own country and remove these terrorists from power? Next time you have a protest at a summit, protect yourself with safety gear, helmets, elbow/knee pads, and so on. You don’t need a weapon, but at least something to protect yourself. Carry light Romanesque shields, like American SWAT will sometimes carry, to form a line these thugs can’t push through.

    If there’s more protesters than there are State-Sponsored Terrorists, and there’s no way for them to physically get to you (i.e. due to shielding) or harm you (i.e. since you’re wearing protective gear), then what are they going to do? Pepper spray, batons, tasers, and so one won’t work, so what will they do then? Shoot you with guns?

    Strength in Numbers! Long Live the Revolution!

  26. Anonymous on

    Just to carify, When I say “black dressed scumbags” I mean the anarchist jerks and not the cops.

    I know the cops overreacted in many cases but the CAUSE of the mess was the black dressed troublemakers and not the cops.

  27. Anonymous on

    I have to say, these scumbag black dressed assholes show up every year and Im kind of shocked that as a community the poeple just stand around and watch them behave like animals.

    If these jerkoffs were to come to MY community and start this crap I promis you we wont need the cops to deal with them.

    Neither should any of you. It would only take one citizen to stand up to them and I would bet the larger group of good folks would join in and give them a lesson.

    Maybe next year the community should make a vow to get involved when they witness these troublemakers and give them the message that nobody wants to deal with thier crap or the police fallout that accompanies it.

  28. Fightback on

    OMG Canada – we cannot sit back and let them do this. We need to rise up now! We should be gathering outside police stations by the thousands. Whose organizing the protests? Let’s go now!

  29. Dirty Harry on

    Damn, I thought the US drug squads were a bunch of thugs.
    This makes even the most corrupt US cop look tame.

  30. jeremiah on

    Good call – I edited it to read “police in Toronto” rather than “Toronto police”. Thanks!

  31. Pothead on

    No doubt what happened was disgraceful, but just to correct you that this was not Toronto Police. Police were brought in from all over Canada for the summit. So this is a group of police from all across Canada not Toronto police!!!