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Friday, July 23, 2010

Ontario Independent Police Review Director announces investigation.

From the Globe & Mail:

After receiving close to 300 G20 complaints – and counting – Ontario’s newly minted police watchdog is stepping into the policing-inquiry fray.

The Ontario Independent Police Review Director, created last fall to provide civilian oversight into police conduct, announced Thursday afternoon it is launching a systemic review of police conduct during the G20 summit in Toronto.

More than 1,000 people were arrested over a three-day period as protesters clashed with police across the downtown area. More than 700 were charged with nothing more than breach of peace, then released; more than 100 were never charged.

Independent police review director Gerry McNeilly says he’s received more than 275 individual complaints about police conduct during that weekend, with more popping up every day.

And they’re startlingly similar.

(Emphasis mine)

While the police may be winning the public relations war over their conduct, they seem to simultaneously be falling under more and more institutional scrutiny. This adds a second investigation to the Toronto Police Services-led self-investigation.

This is a positive development.

Despite polls showing that 80% of Canadians agree with the police arresting people for no reason, beating up journalists who get lippy, and conducting unlimited warrantless searches on the streets, it would seem that the issue has legs where it matters.

Myself, I sent my complaint directly to the Toronto Police Services complaints division. I have received no formal reply at this time. I'm interested to see what response I get, and if and when I do get it, I will definitely post the response here.

Posted by Mike Brock on July 23, 2010 | Permalink


I am curious whether OCAP "professional poor man" John Clarke will file a complaint.

Posted by: Joe Molnar | 2010-07-23 11:58:50 AM

We have a CBC- why can;t we have a 150 part series dramatization of each one of these historic complaints as a 15 minute segement ? Then we could all buy DVDs from CBC marketing- the people who made these segments in the first place with our tax money..and no, people cannot play themselves on TV ,, that would deny a Canadian actor a job..

I say this is civic tension gold and we should not miss the chance to capitalize on the rapidly expanding oppression industry.. And a chance to fiction shoot the streets of Toronto in say- Calgary or Yellowknife where it will be cheaper to produce.

If you liked " Anne of Green Gables"
you're gonna love " Tanya of Spadina "

Posted by: 419 | 2010-07-23 12:25:07 PM

It couldn't POSSIBLY be that these allegation be "startlingly similar" because they were deliberately co-ordinated.

Posted by: Anonymouse | 2010-07-23 2:09:06 PM

I don't see how this relates to the long form census.

Instead of discussing petty and trivial non-events like the unlawful arrest of hundreds of people, warrantless searches, police abuse on journalists, or the erosion of centuries of Common Law principles, you should talk about the defining issue of our time: the abolition of the mandatory long form.

Clearly, you libertarian/conservative sect who's marginal views represent a mere 49% of the population, is trying to divert the public attention away from the biggest danger to Canadian society since Confederation.

Thank God the rest of the media is more sophisticated. ;-)

Posted by: Maxime Rainville | 2010-07-23 4:14:45 PM

Thanks for my morning laugh 419.

Tanya from Spadina, holy martyr of the Toronto Oppressed.

That's a good one.

Posted by: set you free | 2010-07-24 10:04:02 AM

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