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Protest Tactics

22-Aug-07 11:30 pm EST Leave a comment Go to comments

Protest management tactics at Montebello seem to have gone off the deep end and police generally take yet another hit at their reputations.  Someday, the smart police will outnumber the dumb ones – and they’ll finally realize collectively that although technology is making crime harder to get away with, so too is it making corruption and bad policing.

They got caught penetrating and inciting violence at North American leaders’ summit this past weekend.  Who "they" are exactly is as yet unknown, but, clearly, I for one am getting really tired of living in a society where police fear-monger about supposedly rising crime rates (which they’re not – they’re actually the lowest they’ve virtually everywhere in Canada in 30 years) and where little old ladies call in to shows like Lowell Green’s show on CFRA radio here in Ottawa complaining about law and order issues, and how we need even more police (even though Ottawa has more police per capita than any other city in the country already).  The fact is we need fewer police – and the police that are left should get of their cars and start foot-patrolling neighborhoods like mine, hassling and arresting the crack dealers at the end of my street instead of worrying about that big drug bust or arresting innocent, peaceful protesters at a political demonstration.

Before then, my respect for police will be restricted to saying "yes, sir!" whenver I speak to them, so as not to unwittingly trigger the power trip most of them (not all, mind you) otherwise seem to be on.

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