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Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Policing the Police: The G20 Edition
For 25-year-old Geoffrey Bercarich, a cyclist who alleges he was beaten by police while participating in a G20 bike rally, his experience with the OIPRD complaint process has only added insult to injury.
“There was a physical assault and this investigation is a mental assault,” said Bercarich, who suffered a bleeding nose and cut chin but was never charged following his arrest.
“It’s really bad and they shouldn’t investigate people like this.”
Established in October 2009, the OIPRD provides oversight for the handling of public complaints made against police. Any complaint that passes screening can be handled in one of three ways: it can be assigned to an OIPRD civilian investigator, referred to another police service, or sent back to the originating service for self-investigation.
I don't often say nice things about the Toronto Star, since they so rarely deserve it, but they've done a yeoman's job on the G20 civil rights violations. It's a tragedy that they don't apply some of that gumshoe skill to Medicare's meltdown. But, of course, that would require questioning their socialist world view. Still, they do occasionally provide a useful service. Such as clarifying to the general public just how much their Charter Rights are worth.
Posted by Richard Anderson on December 21, 2010 | Permalink
Interesting that some charges are now being laid.
Posted by: peterj | 2010-12-21 10:52:13 PM
Cops often get away with murder, no real surprise a minor beating is not being investigated too well.
Posted by: Pattaya Girls | 2010-12-22 3:54:17 AM
No need to machine gun candy asses who run
whining all the way
no need to do anything but say BOO
That was the last
white shoppers hobby uprising
Toronto will ever see,
ditto for any other Canadian city
Posted by: 419 | 2010-12-24 12:54:54 PM
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