The Office of the Independent Police Review Director is a civilian body that oversees complaints about municipal, regional and provincial police in Ontario.
You can file a complaint through its website, or through letter, fax or in person, using a standard form. The Office is also directing all G8 or G20 related complaints about out of province police officers or the RCMP to the appropriate jurisdiction.
900 people were detained in Toronto over the weekend, and I hope every one files a complaint. Blizzard and bury this civilian board with complaints. I don’t believe for a second anyone will get justice, but I sincerely hope people file anyway.
Let me save everyone a lot of time and money and let you know what the findings will be.
Our investigation of our behaviour and conduct in case #xxxxx found that the police officers involved acted properly and in accordance with the law and standard police procedure… next case please.
Part of The Maimi Model is intimidation. Another step is delays, in detention, in laying charges, in court. The idea is to ease the public spotlight off the abuse of civil liberties.
The 19 thousand mixed jurisdiction police force is being called the ‘Blac Bloc with badges’.
Ontario regulation 233/10 will be Gazetted July 3rd. There needs to be (and will be) a Charter challenge.
I don’t doubt there will be police officers who have been traumatized by what they participated in or witnessed, by things they may have done or said they wouldn’t have done in the normal course of their duties. Their safety was in the uniform, their numbers and in the days ahead as they simmer down and look in the mirror, spend time with family, watch some of the protest videos and read accounts – some – some – are going to rethink.
A TTC driver, journalist, an education student, a prayer vigil attendee, a mayoral candidate, a sociology professor, an Oxfam worker, human rights observers, a deaf man, a diabetic, a visually impaired man, a paraplegic…were detained.
Women were searched by male officers and sexually harrassed by police who have headed back to their hometowns absolutely free of any accountability.
People had their property taken by police and not returned.
Minors were detained with adults.
The Toronto Star has 20 detainee stories: “I will not forget what they have done to me”. There are hundreds more accounts online.
Even writer Mike Brock is prepared to file an affidavit after what he experienced today.
Things you can do
1. File a complaint, without expecting recourse or justice.
2. File anyway.
3. Give The Canadian Civil Liberties Association your story.
4. Write Ontario provincial cabinet members, Premier Dalton McGuinty, Toronto Mayor David Miller and Toronto municipal counsellors.
5. Write the PMO and the Privy Council.
6. Share your pictures and video footage with others.
7. Support others. Individuals. Groups. Other protesters, other by-standers, business owners and legal and human rights groups.
8. Join the Facebook group; Canadian Demanding a Public Inquiry into Toronto G20.
9. Vote. When the time comes, vote with clarity and clear voice against any politician who was and remains complicit in this shame.
Nearly 4 thousand people have signed on demanding a public inquiry, thousands more are now watching.
The Galloping Beaver: Vacant of thought; absence of innovation
There is no doubt that the “thugs” commanded too much attention – both on the streets of Toronto and inside the G20 meeting venue. The truth is, they attract each other. While both groups purport to be out to save the world, neither is capable of doing so.
The Black Bloc are neither right nor left politically and I don’t believe for a second that they are true anarchists. Under brighter lights they are little more than behaviour challenged children throwing a violent tantrum without a shred of legitimate cause. They’re attention junkies, which makes them little different from the horde of overblown egos meeting at the G20 summit.