Toronto Counselor Adam Vaughan, who has long been an outspoken critic of the Harper Government's involvement in 2010 G20 Toronto planning, nailed it when he was interviewed on CTV news yesterday.
I wish I could get a clean link to this news clip, but its all wrapped up in two stories and text in the CTV news player, May 17, 2012 CTV clip showing showing Adam Vaughan commenting on the G20 report and possible police arrests.
Anyway his straight talk left me hopeful there will be some 'accountability' in this matter. It's significant that Adam Vaughan is a past member of the Toronto Police Services Board and it was his downtown riding that was the site of many of the protests. The banks, furriers, gold buyers, cheque cashing stores were the first and most obvious targets of the mob. No compensation has ever been paid to these businesses that lost so much money in business and property damage. The government had months to plan for this Summit, but instead they built gazebos in Muskoka.
If you watch the clip above, you'll see Adam Vaughan says all of the same things that I have been saying for years. He's been saying them for a years too. Beyond the standard rhetoric of, 'those who erred need to be held accountable' which is a polite way of saying that Chief Bill Blair should resign, he says that a full public inquiry into the ordeal will reveal a lot more about the gazebos in Tony Clement's Muskoka Lakes political riding than Stephen Harper's Conservatives would be comfortable with... Its a fact, the costs of the 2010 Toronto G20 Summit exceeded one billion dollars. It was a widespread violation of civil rights as people were stopped and searched on VIA Rail trains at Union Station and crossing the border in Niagara Falls and in Ottawa / Hull. Sleeping university students were arrested at gunpoint and peaceful protesters at Queens Parks were trampled and beaten. It was the largest mass arrest in the history of Canada, and there will never be a full public inquiry into the ordeal.
"I think the police chief, the police service board, myself included, all played a roll in this," Vaughan said. "I think we need to have public accounting and, where necessary, be brought before courts of justice, or disciplinary action, where we failed to protect the public and the city." Adam Vaughan also said there will be more reports to come on the file as the Toronto Police Services Board works on its own report on actions at the G20.
The Police Car was Abandon, Like Others Before it, in Hopes it would Be Vandalized on Camera
Senior administrators in the Toronto Police Services ordered that at least three different squad cars be left abandon in crowded situations. They wanted them to get damaged; they had to justify a billion dollar budget and earlier acts of brutality. Sacrificing one squad car to local idiots was an absolutely brilliant way to collect PR footage of 'radical elements rioting in Toronto' and a police cars is such an obvious symbol of authority and burns nicely when it finally gets going.
The burning cop car was a PR stunt from beginning to end. It was planned and executed at least three times earlier on three other streets that day, but didn't find the hooligans and the news cameras together like the dramatic picture, right Toronto Police Services Lawyer references the burning cop cars and says the actions of the police must be taken in context. But without a full public inquiry into the actions around the Toronto Police Services it will be impossible to determine if when and why the cars were empty - why were they left unattended? Someday a future technology might reconstruct the entire march from everyone's footage, and include the radio calls from the cops, and then perhaps we'll see and know what happened that fateful afternoon The first eight police officers to be charged will likely be the worst and hardest punished - this list was posted at Toronto Police Headquarters on Tuesday, June 19 at 9 a.m.:
- Const. Micahle Kirpoff, Unnecessary force on prisoner "J.M." (June 27, Queen Street West and Spadina Avenue)
- Const. Ryan Simpson, Unlawful arrest of cyclist "N.W." (June 27, Bloor Street and Spadina Avenue)
- Const. Jason Crawford, Unlawful arrest of "N.W." (June 27)
- Const. Michael Martinez ,Unnecessary force on prisoner "J.R." (Saturday, June 26, Novotel Hotel)
- Const. Vincent Wong, Unlawful arrest of "J.W." (Sunday, June 27, 10 a.m. at Yonge Street and Gerrard Avenue)
- Const. Blair Begbie, Unlawful arrest of "J.W." (June 27, 10 a.m. at Yonge Street and Gerrard Avenue)
- Const. Alan Li, Unlawful arrest of "A.S." (June 27, 4 p.m., Bloor Street West and Huron Street)
- Const. Donald Stratton, Unlawful arrest of "A.S." (June 27, Bloor Street West and Huron Street)
Are these tough cops also victims of the Tory Government? If the officers in question are found guilty, discipline could range from docked hours to dismissal. But nobody is going to lose their jobs over this. Chief Bill Blair will not resign.