Political Commentary and Opinion
Surveillance in our Society,
Are Police any different being under the Eyes of the Public
by Mark G Hansel
It seems the Toronto Police are also "Shocked and Awed" that they are being monitored themselves by a new website that is keeping track of their behavior as well as other officers across Canada, on how they act on the streets, instead of the other way around of them monitoring it's law abiding citizen's.
The problem is much worse than a single police officer with an inflated sense of self-importance who considers members of the public to be "human garbage"; there is evidence the Toronto Police are actually targeting their critics, using heinous and illegal intimidation tactics.
The following video chronicles a Toronto Police officer physically assaulting a man, who then runs for help, and is then confronted by a dozen police officers in a back alley where his iPad and phone are searched, he is subjected to verbal abuse, being called a "drug addict' and "mentally ill" while he demanded to see a lawyer -- to which they told him to "shut up".
Police have had this code of silence they use, when they are in the lime light in the media for their behaviour and have in the past covered up many of their crimes for way too long, while abusing the rights and freedoms of Canadian citizen's for years.
This is why police need to be held accountable for how they behave on the job and on the streets when dealing with the public and why every person should know their Legal Rights. A number of cases show how police continue to misunderstand citizens’ rights to record their behavior, and they’re now neatly compiled into a video from the Cato Institute.
Now it being turned around the other way to keep cops law abiding and honest, and they the police don't like it when they are being monitored by it's citizen's, as you can tell by the National Posts News article, where the Toronto Police Association says it is worried that a new website allowing the public to rant about their police encounters, publish names and badge numbers and rate officer behaviour, could incite "abuse" toward its members. Or as Toronto police spokeswoman Constable Wendy Drummond says the new site shouldn't be mistaken for a legitimate channel to make police complaints. "The concern is that people might think that if they want to lay a complaint, this is the way to do it. It is not," she said. "There is a proper way to do that."
If they the Police are not doing anything wrong, then why are they so concerned or worried about the public keeping an eye on them, unless it is because surveillance by the public, be it on the internet on a website, or camera's and video are keeping an close eye on them and do indeed keep on catching them in the act of committing crimes. This is why police who don't like the public airing their concerns or monitoring the police by the public on a website, or as common sense would tell you, that you can't have police investigating themselves, as that always leads to police covering up for fellow officers, as their complaint system doesn't work in most cases, as many people in Canada have found out for themselves.
Many examples could be given of police's abuses on the public, where Officer bubbles was in the lime light, to the RCMP assault's on citizen's in many province's in Canada, to police beatings caught on camera to city police beatings to local city police in jail beatings on prisoners, to the G8 Summit, to the RCMP's passport Scandal, that let drug lords into Canada, for payoff's, that went all the way up to the high commissions office.
And what happened to the two RCMP officers who brought this forward, well let just say, they were fired for exposing the corruption in the police force.
This is not the first time police have been monitored by citizen's with websites being set up, on them. as in another example in BC, RCMP were being monitored by (Michael DE Jong) where he allegedly took the names of police and misused it to post on the internet where police and their familys were living, including posting police officers personal information. That website was called "bowdown.org" which was later shut down, while the RCMP conducted an investigation that turned into criminal charges against the man who put that website up. According to the mainstream media in the news and police themselves claimed he was a cyber stalker on the internet, who was a threat to the police and community at large itself.
Is it any wonder in todays world after 911 and how Canada and the US has become more of a police state from TSA patdown to screenings and how the removal of rights and freedoms are being eroded away daily, by those in government, giving excessive rights to police to act and do as they please, or how violence by the police has increased throughout Canada, as well as in the US over the years, since 911..
It would be no big surprise in today's world to see more and more police departments being monitored, as people in Canada as in other parts of the world are getting fed up with the behaviour of the police who brake the laws, abuse their authorty given to them as peace officers, that they themselves the police swore an oath to protect the laws, not to abuse them would end up being watched.
Police in Canada have better start getting used to being monitored, as it plain to see those citizen's in Canada and the US are done with the way police behave on the streets and how people are being treated by police themselves, as we are living in an age of surveillance in our society, and seeing police being monitored and under surveillance by the public will keep them from braking laws, and violating the very freedoms and rights we all as Canadians hold dear.
FC on line, and getting at the truth.
Toronto police worry rating site will incite 'abuse'
Kenyon Wallace, National Post · Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010
The Toronto Police Association says it is worried that a new website allowing the public to rant about their police encounters, publish names and badge numbers and rate officer behaviour, could incite "abuse" toward its members.
JudgeMyCop.ca,which went live Thursday, encourages users to rate their interactions with Toronto police officers and others across the country using a five-star system and a comment section. The site allows users to post the names and badge numbers of individual officers and provide descriptions of how they were treated. "I'm concerned whenever there are negative, one-sided comments about our officers that could encourage some sort of negative behaviour towards police," said Mike McCormack, president of the Toronto Police Association. "On public domain blogs people obviously have certain rights and freedom of expression, but we'll be monitoring it to ensure that it doesn't cross the line and become a legal issue."
The website is the brainchild of 21-year-old Andre Borys, who was inspired to create the forum after his own encounter with Toronto police last summer. It was on one May evening that Mr. Borys was the designated driver for a group of friends out for a night on the town when police nabbed him for stopping in front of a pizza parlour in a no-parking zone.
"One officer looked at my licence, saw that I'm from Mississauga, and asked 'What, they don't have no-parking signs like this in Mississauga?' " recalled Mr. Borys, a fourth-year business student at McMaster University. "I wanted to show him respect, so I didn't respond with a smart-ass comment. Here I am being very respectful and he's talking down to me."
Mr. Borys doesn't dispute the fact that he was breaking the law, nor that he deserved the $60 ticket, but says he felt making a complaint would have had no effect. So he started the website to allow people with similar experiences to air their grievances. But it wasn't until he saw the recent public outrage over alleged police brutality during the G20 summit making headlines this week that he decided to go live.
Mr. Borys stressed, however, that the site isn't just a forum to complain about police, but also exists so that exemplary police behaviour can be praised. Comments are moderated to ensure any defamatory remarks are not published.
While ratings are welcome for officers from across the country, the early submissions target only those from the Greater Toronto Area.
So far, most ratings are limited to disgruntled drivers complaining about receiving tickets for what sound like bona fide traffic violations.
One user, writing about an officer with badge name MacO, says: "Pulled me over on Bathurst St. in downtown Toronto, he never even gave me a chance to speak. Made me wait in the car for 10 minutes, comes back with a ticket. I try to explain to him the reason I am not being able to mount my licence plate on the bumper and he rudely interrupts saying,
'Yeah yeah yeah...' and walks away."
That officer received one star.
JudgeMyCop.cajoins a long line of websites that allow people to publicly rate their doctors, lawyers, teachers and other service professionals. But Toronto police spokeswoman Constable Wendy Drummond says the new site shouldn't be mistaken for a legitimate channel to make police complaints. "The concern is that people might think that if they want to lay a complaint, this is the way to do it. It is not," she said. "There is a proper way to do that."