Comments for TELL YOUR STORY ABOUT TORONTO'S G20 SUMMIT. DEMAND A PUBLIC INQUIRY. Mon, 22 Nov 2010 06:12:07 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on Jonah Hundert – “The other fellow in our cage was a diabetic. He was already sick when he joined us, but he was clearly getting worse by the second. We literally watched him fading away in front of us. For four bloody hours we tried to get medical attention for him.” by Surrounded Part 4 of 6: Inside Eastern Avenue detention center, property bags and panic attacks | Colony of Losers- Surviving the Depression of Being A 20 Something Mon, 22 Nov 2010 06:12:07 +0000 […] Jonah takes his first steps inside the makeshift jail at Toronto Film Studios. Cries emerge from the cells, frantic demands to see lawyers, be fed and receive water.  People are shouting that they have been their for eight and twelve hours already. […]

Comment on Siobhan – “they were going to strip search me … this feeling, this experience, is the hardest for me to reconcile and one of the times in my life I have felt the most powerless” by Pyne Mon, 08 Nov 2010 16:46:15 +0000

You spoke too much, whenever you are accosted by the police, only these sentences should be spoken: I want my lawyer. I do not consent to any searches. And I am going to remain silent.

Comment on “I got up, dazed and stunned by what had happened. I held out my left hand: the ball of my thumb had swollen up twice its size and was a very angry purple. Surprisingly, I was very calm –the assault had been so quick. All four cops had me surrounded against the window of Steve’s.” by Ella Thu, 14 Oct 2010 01:28:22 +0000

I got knocked down, on that fateful Sunday night, while walking home on Queen Street, just East of Spadina.

All of a sudden, without warning, the police started to charge towards the crowd in front of me. They turned to run, and I got knocked down, trampled, head smashed into sidewalk, and dislocated my shoulder.

The police only partially charged at that point (this was before the rain had come). I managed to get up, with one shoe on, and started limping down Queen, still trying to get home. I had blood coming from the side of my head, my legs were badly bleeding, I was crying out for help.

I was surrounded by police officers, and NO ONE DID ANYTHING.

After a couple of minutes of limping, I was barely able to walk, when I very nice EMS worker came over to me, asked me if I was okay, and offered to give me assistance.

He took me behind the barracade on Peter Street, just South of Queen, and helped to bandage me up. He wanted to take me to the hospital, because of my head injury, but I refused out of fear of the situation. Unfortunately, he told me that if I crossed the street, I would be arrested because they were arresting everyone in that area at the time.

I had a friend who lived nearby, and the EMS worker walked me to her house to make sure that I was okay. The police ignored me the whole time, even as I continued to cry, limping with one shoe on, a bandage around my head, and blood soaking through the bandage on my leg.

Following this, I had my right shoulder in a sling for 3 weeks, followed by physiotherapy and pain. It took over a month to heal the wounds on my legs.

I am embarrassed to be from Toronto, and Ontario, and those police officers enlisted with the job of protecting our safety. However, I do send out thanks to that one EMS worker who was there, in the line of duty, when needed.

Now, four months later, I still have scars on my legs from the fall. Fortunately, the ones on my head were in my hair, so they cannot be seen. I have a shoulder that has been repeatedly dislocated since the event, and will require surgical fixing in the future.

Thank you EMS, screw you OPP.

Comment on Todd – “…one of, if not the worst example of police brutality and aggression ever witnessed in modern Canadian history!” by CC Sun, 12 Sep 2010 15:36:37 +0000 Until a federal law to codify the rights are in place, and the cops begin to even remotely feel remorseful this will happen agian. To those who keep saying the US tortures when US cops get caught they get fired and some go to jail and the cities pay for the damages. UK US and the like have some oversight of the cops. Canada the law gives them a lot of power that does not exist in the US. Get some facts first. IF these 3 suits do not win you can expect more abuses from the cops. pray to every god and higher power they are not dropped by a judge.

Comment on Sherry B. Good – “I couldn’t sleep last night. I took the day off work, I’m so upset” by michael dropuljic Wed, 25 Aug 2010 00:23:01 +0000 Welcome to the prison camp.Where everything you do is surveilled.Fake threats abound created by sinister individuals.Where Fear tactics and propaganda rule.Where we militarize the police to further-help breakdown society.Where we desperately try to control the flow of information.Where we do everything we can to control humanity whether by drugging,genetics or technology..Where we demonize the common man ,making crimes and criminals out of everyone.Where we try to destroy every memory of God, truth,freedom…humanity!.Where canadians fought,died, bled the earth for nothing and if you take a similar stand you’ll be shot,tasered,falsely arrested,falsely imprisoned,

Comment on Sherry B. Good – “I couldn’t sleep last night. I took the day off work, I’m so upset” by Jenny Smith Sat, 07 Aug 2010 14:38:14 +0000 As much as I don’t know you, I’m very proud of you for standing up against this travesty. Had my daughter’s dance recital not been the same day as the G20, I likely would have shared in your nightmare. I hope you win, and if there’s any justice left in this country, you will!

Comment on Siobhan – “they were going to strip search me … this feeling, this experience, is the hardest for me to reconcile and one of the times in my life I have felt the most powerless” by Kimi Wed, 28 Jul 2010 06:29:12 +0000 Thank you so much for sharing your story. I hope you got badge numbers because the police you encountered have to be locked up.

Comment on Stephen – “‘You cocksucker Black Bloc douchebags’, yelled an officer directly into my ear, ‘You think you are so fucking tough? How are you now without your faggot friends?'” by Thorsten Husaberg Wed, 21 Jul 2010 17:43:05 +0000 Thanks for sharing. There was no need for the the language and threats used by “professional” police officer. I really liked the one about how you were “not so tough” when part of the group – now that’s funny. Why do you think the cops abandoned their cruisers? It was for fear of being swarmed when they did not have the protection of their “group” – what a bunch of hypocritical pansies! Wow – beating up a bunch of unarmed, peaceful protestors and “taking down” innocent, single individuals with three to six officers – boy, are they sure tough those cops – now that’s tought. Those types of tactics would make the Brown Shirts blush. My advice to all the “professional” police officers out there who behaved badly is to read the Briadwood Report and pray you don’t get named in a similar action. What comes around goes around and I can’t wait until the Police State is called upon to account for their SHAMEFUL and PROFOUNDLY UNPROFESSIONAL behaviour. Bring on the inquiry and lawsuits!

Comment on “The complete opposite of what everyone else saw” by David Fox Tue, 20 Jul 2010 23:55:35 +0000 I was pulled over on College Street, by a van full of cops, because I was carrying a video camera. They questioned me as to what I was doing and where I worked. They did let me go, but I was indeed afraid for my safety.

I’ll never trust the Toronto police after that weekend. They were out of control that whole day and failed to protect those who are most vulnerable.

Comment on “I witnessed police confiscating personal property and demanding they search peoples’ belongings” by Chris Charette Mon, 19 Jul 2010 22:12:15 +0000

This kind of treatment is not uncommon, the police all over this country have become a legalized gang. Even in the town of 7000, where I live, Hanover, Ont. Police there forced their way into our home, claiming that we had two or three hundred dollars worth of stolen property. Guns drawn, and pumped up like steroid junkies, you would have thought we were having our own G20 protest! And no, I don’t find any humor in the way people were treated, I’m simply trying to get the point across that, my wife and I were treaded with the same type of behaviour, 20 or more hours, in a cold, dirty, cell with no information. Meanwhile, they destroyed our apartment, and STOLE our belongings.