• Catsrule52

    Awful, just awful.

  • oman28

    Obviously those citizens were criminals engaging in criminal activities,…right? Otherwise the police wouldn't be arresting them,… right?
    Interesting that they let the people in the coffee shop video the whole thing

    • JP

      This was mostly a group of passers by and a small group of peaceful protesters that were marching. I saw them pass by literally 5 minutes before getting kettled in by the police. There was none of the criminal element, aka vandals, that was present on Saturday. Notice how the CIBC bank is boarded up from being trashed the day before.

      • oman28

        Yeah, that's what I was getting at. The fact that one 'element' resorted to vandalism previously meant that the police could justify such a 'pre-emptive strike'

        • JP

          Heaven forbid the Toronto Maple Leafs ever win the Stanley Cup again. I guarantee the amount of rioting will be threefold – and that from “ecstatic sports fans”. Will they get batons to the head & tear gas?

  • EcstasyOfApostasy

    Now show the video of the police car being set on fire.
    That's what fighting against a police state looks like.

    Have fun waving your signs and being ignored…

    • Hypnos1

      Great, so you got some attention! And what did you get as a result?
      - You've helped justify the bloated police budget, with which they're buying technology to repress peaceful and legal political speech.
      - You burned 1 cop car. Maybe 1/40,000th of their budget for this summit alone.
      - You helped the media to portray all people opposing the G20 agenda as violent anarchists.
      - In doing so, you've helped silence the very important and legitimate reasons for opposing that agenda.
      - You've alienated the casual observer whose economic goals are probably much the same as your own.

      Great job. You anarchist kids and the undercover cops make a wonderful team.

      • hdcase

        we didn't do those things.

        you cannot continue to view the situation within the context of a conflict between two groups.

        you are a primary example of how oversimplified dichotomy (protesters vs. cops) misses the entire point and distorts the truth of a situation.

        Good work, now shut up.

        • Hypnos1

          It was sort of a rhetorical “you”. Obviously I wasn't referring to you, hdcase, who commented a day after I wrote the words.

          Also, I spot at least 4 groups in my comment above: black bloc idiots, non-violent protesters, riot police, agent provocateurs. So maybe I'm limiting my thinking to a quadchotomy (is that a word?), but definitely not a dichotomy.

          Instead of telling me to shut up, why don't you explain what you think I'm missing here?

          I'll start us off. I think you're missing the entire point I'm trying to make: when people engage in acts of petty or symbolic violence against the state, they do more harm than good to their cause. The state has a near monopoly on violence… you can try to inch your way into that market, but you're going to get beat (literally).

          • hdcase

            I think you're completely missing the fact that nobody being arrested or detained in this video deserved to be treated so. I didn't put this video up with the express purpose of “making the police look bad”. I posted it to show you a large group of people in uniform – NOT thinking independently – dominating peaceful protestors/riot tourists in OUR streets.

            Police are people too. They deserve to be trained differently. They are trained to think that no matter what they do, everyone is going to hate them, they are trained to think that as long as they are in uniform, they cannot win your heart. They choose to continue on in their well-intentioned line of work anyway… so noble of them.

            Next year's protest sign: THE POLICE SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO THINK INDEPENDENTLY

            STAND UP FOR OFFICERS' RIGHTS!

  • Blends

    I support The Toronto Police and their actions 100%

    • JP

      are you from Toronto? Did you see them do nothing to the rioting “black bloc” then regroup later to bust heads at peaceful demonstrations at the G20 designated protest area on the lawn of Queen's Park? Or when they tear-gassed a peaceful sit in? Or when they detained passersby for 3 hours in the rain? I

    • GoogleNanoThermite911

      Why? Blind allegiance to the police state. How sad.

    • zach

      OK. why?

  • Jasonio

    People complain that this sort of thing costs money. Thing is, it's not the protesters costing so much money, its the police. It actually looks like there's more police than protesters! Its also the G20's fault. They should meet on a small island or something (like an offshore tax haven – and they could check their tax-free assets are safe while they are there) where no one can protest.

    If you don't want to pay the money it costs for people to exercise their right to protest, scrap them. And scrap freedom and democracy too while you're at it. Most people won't care. (I doubt half would even notice).

    • Conniedobbs

      Considering we don't have freedom or democracy now, you're right, no one would notice.

  • Kris

    A little taste of a police state indeed. We've lost all concept of innocent until proven guilty. Reverse onus is not democracy.

  • Oh get over it

    All you “peaceful protesters” were merely “riot tourists”. You were told over and over to leave the area and you chose to stay and watch and wait for that wonderful “you-tube moment”. By standing around and providing a crowd you facilitated black block criminals either on purpose or by you own stupidity. I have no symapthy for you if you got caught in the net. The whining and feigned injuries reminded me of a soccer game…whith all the claims of police brutality, where are the injuries? Getting a cheese sandwich at the holding facility and having to use a porta-potti with no door is hardly brutality. Kudos to our police!

    • JP

      so people aren't allowed to walk on the streets of their own city?

    • Louis-Jean Boger

      I was there and witness my-self and have footage of people singing O Canada and got charged by police. You probably an undercover yourself to defend the pigs. Beside 10 kids smashing windows is call juvenile delinquance but in Toronto, for the same act you became and urban terrorist. so please give me a break..

    • rtb61

      Citizens are not the slaves of the police. The police can only issues legal orders related to actual legal proceedings, they can not arbitrarily order citizens to do anything at all. Civil suits need to applied to the government to force criminal prosecutions upon police officers that visibly broke the law.

      • GoogleNanoThermite911

        THANK YOU!! The law should be applied equally. They are not God's they are Gov't employees, that is it.

    • cit.zen

      Yeah man, you're kinda right.. right-ish

      But who's to say that a 'riot tourist' cannot ultimately be a more effective voice for change than an enraged rioter?

    • GoogleNanoThermite911

      Yeah let's hope you never have to be brutalized by the police to realize how ignorant your statements are. Gov't employees do not have the right to terrorize their bosses (the Soverign people)
      They are not police, they are cowards. What are they Policing?? No one has offended them, nothing has been down to instigate this oppression, brutality and violence.

      Real police officers protect the citizens and the constitution. Those are officers to be proud of. These men are not knight like. They are not warriors but infantile soldiers taking orders robotically with no consciousness of who they serve.

    • Loves To Spooge

      Being a riot tourist is not against the law. Take that cops cock out of your mouth for long enough to realise that what the police did is not law enforcement.

    • stop talking out of your ass

      You're just making things up. Everyone left any area they were told to leave except those whom were completely surrounded before being told to clear the area. But you're right, they should be arrested because they couldn't fly up. The black bloc committed most of its acts of vandalism away from the densest clusters of peaceful protesters while the police just watched, allowing the damages to continue so that they could later justify the mass arrests to the people watching it on tv, like yourself who believe that it's okay for the police to arrest you because someone else committed a crime eight blocks away from you. If you're not actually interested in knowing how things went down, that's fine. But don't form a strong opinion from a poverty of information. As far as the brutality goes, broken ribs, cracked heads and sexual abuse constitute brutality. Go back to watching soccer, and complaining about that.

    • stop talking out of your ass

      You're just making things up. Everyone left any area they were told to leave except those whom were completely surrounded before being told to clear the area. But you're right, they should be arrested because they couldn't fly up. The black bloc committed most of its acts of vandalism away from the densest clusters of peaceful protesters while the police just watched, allowing the damages to continue so that they could later justify the mass arrests to the people watching it on tv, like yourself who believe that it's okay for the police to arrest you because someone else committed a crime eight blocks away from you. If you're not actually interested in knowing how things went down, that's fine. But don't form a strong opinion from a poverty of information. As far as the brutality goes, broken ribs, cracked heads and sexual abuse constitute brutality. Go back to watching soccer, and complaining about that.

    • Ladiesman

      You are a freakin' retard. How about women getting fingers put inside them and stripped searched by male officers at the holding facility, is that “hardly police brutality”? If you are too lazy to read and research and find out what was really going on, then don't comment like you do, because it is pathetic. The alleged “anarchists” were police provocateurs used to incite violence. I doubt your small mind can comprehend this, but the “anarchists” were allowed to smash and burn old police cars, and the officers were ordered to stand down and let them. The police get new squad cars and they give themselves an excuse to lock down on the peaceful protesters and for the future, to demonize protest and take the right away from people altogether. You give kudos to the police and you have no idea that they are in fact protecting people who are discussing ways to enslave us all, MAN you're stupid! The police just made up a law that didn't exist and arrested people on no grounds and violated peoples rights in searching and demanding ID for no good reason. You may not have a clue at all what is going on in this world, but please don't stupify others by commenting on what you don't know in public.

      Officers issued stand down order:
      http://www.torontosun.com/news/columnists/joe_w

      Police made up law to violate people with:
      http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/torontog20summi

      Amy Miller | Journalist statement on sexual abuse and threats of rape against women @ G20
      http://vimeo.com/12925239

      I know you won't even pay any attention to this, you are lazy and stupid, but you need to realize you are in bed with the enemy.

      • hdcase

        awesome, you said it all. Thanks.

  • Davekellum

    HOW IS IT POSSIBLE FOR SUCH A SMALL COUNTY (POPULATION) CAN COME UP WITH 20,000 COPS FOR 10,000 DEMONSTRATORS? SOUNDS LIKE A POLICE STATE TO ME?

    • JP

      Police were brought in from all over the country – Municipal Police from Toronto, Montreal, Saskatoon, and others. Ontario Provincial Police. RCMP (Canada's Federal Police force) and some Military personnel as well.

  • Nonymous 4

    So G20 was really a big fiasco, there was nothing to justify what the police did, all the searches really should not even stand up in court, and a black bloc is controversial, but its certainly an understandable sentiment and by no means mere “thugishness” but that music is really ridiculous, use the real audio, you don't need to stoop so low as to try and pump people up with an artificial soundtrack.

    • hdcase

      there is no real audio, and I like Nine Inch Nails.

  • GoogleNanoThermite911

    Get Up Stand Up! Stand Up For Your Rights!!

  • Bob

    I laugh that the Canadian Media have not yet to refered to those who are in jail as the political prisoners that they are.

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  • Teacupblues

    I heard from a friend who had a friend in the Government that 2 of the police cars were towed and left at the scene. They had to be towed because they had no gasoline which could explode. Apparently one of the cars was without plates. Does anyone have a picture of that? Abandoned police car without plates? Also it is odd that given that the streets around the protests were empty why didn't the fire department respond. Burning cars are dangerous I think.
    They all have fire extinguishers in the trunk. Why didn't the police put it out? Where were the police?
    Seems all very fake to me. If there was a car fire the police (serve and protect) would have kept people well back but failed too.
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  • brentskinner5

    At first, I was going to rail against the rioting hippies with my comment. And I do think the self-righteous proclamations of being “peaceful protesters” really does stretch the truth. And, furthermore, I love how these same folks call the Tea Party events violent, when the only violence that has occurred at them has essentially been provoked by leftist SEIU thugs.

    BUT…I'll spare all of you all of that, and here's why:

    Government is out of control. I hope we can all agree that it's operated at equally reckless abandon, in albeit different ways, under both perceived-to-be far right administrations and perceived-to-be far left administrations.

    …which leads us to a likely conclusion, and that is this:

    The Tea Party protesters, G20 protestors et al. ad nauseum are protesting the same damn thing:

    tyranny

    As long as we remain at odds with each other, the fascists, left and right, will win.

    • hdcase

      oooooh, love it.

  • Swatabug

    So I have just been reading through all of the threads and see good points on both sides of the septic tank.
    Having said this I can only hope that all of those who are angry and feeling that their rights have been violated now realize how important it is to VOTE, pay your taxes and get involved on a regular basis with your local government and communities at large. I know that this is the true mission for many of the protestors who gave their time and efforts to rally for their cause but unfortuantely like many things in life it only takes a few to spoil it for the many, this goes for both police and protestors. If we are to be effective we must also have the fortitutde to monitor from within our own spheres. Police, know your bad cops and manage them, Protestors recognize those in the game for self promotion and sheer violence and govern yourselves accordingly. Do you all have the balls to do this?
    No copy is above the law to arrest without warrent to do so and no protester has the right to inflict his or her beliefs on others using violence or vandalism tactics…….no one wins.

  • Swatabug

    So I have just been reading through all of the threads and see good points on both sides of the septic tank.
    Having said this I can only hope that all of those who are angry and feeling that their rights have been violated now realize how important it is to VOTE, pay your taxes and get involved on a regular basis with your local government and communities at large. I know that this is the true mission for many of the protestors who gave their time and efforts to rally for their cause but unfortuantely like many things in life it only takes a few to spoil it for the many, this goes for both police and protestors. If we are to be effective we must also have the fortitutde to monitor from within our own spheres. Police, know your bad cops and manage them, Protestors recognize those in the game for self promotion and sheer violence and govern yourselves accordingly. Do you all have the balls to do this?
    No copy is above the law to arrest without warrent to do so and no protester has the right to inflict his or her beliefs on others using violence or vandalism tactics…….no one wins.