Constable Adam Josephs was nicknamed “Officer Bubbles” after a video surfaced of him online admonishing a young protester during the summit for blowing bubbles.
The target of Constable Josephs’s lawsuit isn’t the original video, but a series of cartoons posted on YouTube over the following weeks that depict a policeman resembling the officer engaging in various acts of police abuse of power.
In his statement of claim, Constable Josephs alleges the cartoons have subjected him to ridicule, and have resulted in threats against himself and his family. He also seeks to compel YouTube to reveal the identities of the person who created and posted the cartoon – identified by the moniker “ThePMOCanada” – and the identities of several people who posted comments in response.
On Friday, his lawyer said the lawsuit was in its preliminary stages and he was still in discussions with YouTube to resolve it.
Globe & Mail via: Let Freedom Rain
(Charges were dismissed against Courtney Winkels). This is a Toronto police constable who posted his job description on Facebook as: “I collect human garbage”.
Is Adam Josephs going to sue Facebook too for caching his self-describing job description?
It disappeared offline a few days after the Officer Bubbles/Winkels story went world-wide.
Charges were dismissed against Courtney Winkels. Officer Bubbles is going for 1.2 million dollars.
Update: via a sharp eyed reader at Dr. Dawg’s. Look who is camera front and centre for the arrest of a mentally ill man in June. Gary McCullough was one of the first people arrested pre-G20. He had nothing to do with ‘terrorism’ and was attacked in jail. His physical and mental health has deteriorated and he is still in custody and has been moved to a psychiatric facility for a third assessment.
His next court appearance is in December.
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7 Responses to Officer Bubbles sues YouTube
John Payzant says:
October 16, 2010 at 9:47 am
Well what does the officer expect? He was kind of playing power games. He was playing with people’s heads. There are better ways to spend time.
John Payzant says:
October 16, 2010 at 9:56 am
I wouldnt’ imitate what the woman blowing bubbles to the officer either. I think she was playing with fire. She was playing games and trying to manipulate too. Where did she have the time to do this?
Bene D says:
October 16, 2010 at 7:58 pm
She stopped when asked, and as a result of this incident going world wide, protesters held a bubble-in at Queen’s Park two Saturday’s in August.
You may see her as immature and annoying, but that does not excuse his behavior, nor his decision to sue, he wants respect, he earns it like the rest of us. He didn’t hand his sun glasses to the female officer to ‘protect her’ from the bubbles now, did he?
A 20 year old protester playing games. Sure she was a bit flaky, but that is not cause for the charges she got dumped on her. What about others though, John? A man with a prosthetic leg, a deaf man, a blind man, a TTC employee, a mentally ill man I mention in the update? Hundreds of innocent people were arrested, and Constable Josephs behavior and attitude became a meme (something he has no control over). Abuse of power, abuse of process, false arrest, false imprisonment, infliction of mental suffering, invasion of privacy and abuse of public office are realities from the G20.
I do not think the Josephs family should be subject to threats, they are off limits and not responsible for his issues. Nor do I think for a nano-second his critics should be targets of intimidation. His lawsuit going after users at YouTube and a satirist who did 8 cartoons is another source of public ridicule for Josephs who is not being called Constable Crybaby. If he wants to reinforce his world wide image as a over-reacting bully in uniform, that’s his choice.
I hope satirists come out of the wood-work now that he’s sued.
October 16, 2010 at 8:18 pm
We’d all do well to remember what we were taught from small. Even officer bubbles.
All I Ever Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
– by Robert Fulghum
Most of what I really need to know about how to live, and what to do, and how to be, I learned in Kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but there in the sandbox at nursery school.
These are the things I learned: Share everything. Play fair. Don’t hit people. Put things back where you found them. Clean up your own mess. Don’t take things that aren’t yours. Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody. Wash your hands before you eat. Flush. Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you. Live a balanced life. Learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work some every day.
Take a nap every afternoon. When you go out into the world, watch for traffic, hold hands, and stick together. Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the plastic cup. The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.
Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the plastic cup – they all die. So do we.
And then remember the book about Dick and Jane and the first word you learned, the biggest word of all: LOOK . Everything you need to know is in there somewhere. The Golden Rule and love and basic sanitation, ecology and politics and sane living.
Think of what a better world it would be if we all – the whole world – had cookies and milk about 3 o’clock every afternoon and then lay down with our blankets for a nap. Or if we had a basic policy in our nation and other nations to always put things back where we found them and clean up our own messes. And it is still true, no matter how old you are, when you go out into the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.
Bene D says:
October 16, 2010 at 8:28 pm
All I Ever Really Needed to know I learned in Kindergarten – one of my favorite books.
Whew, Officer Bubbles has figuratively gone ballistic over digital crayons hasn’t he?
October 17, 2010 at 11:09 am
Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.
~Sir Robert Peel
Fyoder Larue says:
October 18, 2010 at 12:05 am
I can’t believe the audacity of this guy. All he’s getting is what he deserves for being such an arrogant S.O.B. Cops seem to be a law unto themselves receiving no correction from higher ups for their abuses of power. This leaves ordinary citizens with no alternatives but to use the weapons available to them, such as satire, and even, dare I say it, sarcasm. In the words of the immortal Monty Python — Sgt. Bubbles, “go away, or we will taunt you a second time!”