Saturday, November 21, 2009

Harper Government Condones Police Brutality to Push Law and Order Agenda

The above video is part seven of the documentary The Nation's Deathbed.

The introduction or trailer outlined the SPP and the danger it imposed on Canadians.

Part one dealt with the 'harmonization' of safety standards between the US, Mexico and Canada; with a policy of 'Risk Management' rather than one of prevention.

Part two delved a little further into the fact that the SPP agreement now mentions our water as a 'good' and all 'goods' are part of the NAFTA deal.

Part three discussed the plans for a global government with the world being divided into trading blocks, and the increasing police presence in Canada.

Part four was a continuation of the concerns of a different style of policing and the fact that our Internet use may be monitored.

Part five revealed the stepping up of police intimidation, and the determination of protesters to have their voices heard.

In part six we witnessed the stormtroopers trying to box in a crowd of protesters, and using pepper spray and tear gas without provocation.

Part seven (above) reveals how provocateurs were used to incite the crowd, which in turn would justify the use of physical force to break up a peaceful demonstration. We should all be outraged over this. It was an abuse of police power, and what is even more troubling, is the fact that they were allowed to get away with it.

Opposition members can no longer protest these things in Parliament or the Reformers immediately pounce on them, having it put on record that they are anti-police, anti-RCMP and anti-Canadian.

We are allowing Stephen Harper to run his government like he has a dictatorship. This is not hyperbole. Sadly, it is fact.

He has politicized the RCMP, making a once proud institution now suspect. He takes the side of all police regardless, and has underfunded the watchdog agency that would investigate abuse.

We also learned recently of another death while in police custody and though the official cause of death is extremely suspect, there will be no inquiry. When are we going to start fighting back?

And all of those who sit with their arms crossed on election day, too apathetic to vote, will be the ones who scream the loudest over the dire affects of a Harper Majority. Shame.

Release RCMP video of M├ętis man who died in custody: B.C. chiefs
November 16, 2009

The Union of BC Indian Chiefs and the B.C. Civil Liberties Association are calling for the public release of a police videotape showing officers using a Taser to subdue a man six years ago in an RCMP detachment in Prince George.

Clayton Alvin Willey, 33, died on July 22, 2003, about 16 hours after he was picked up by police for causing a disturbance on the streets of Prince George.

According to the coroner's report, Willey died from a massive heart attack brought on by a cocaine overdose.

But Grand Chief Stewart Phillip questions the way authorities handled the investigation into the death, pointing out Willey was stunned twice with a Taser by police while he was tied up inside the RCMP detachment.

'It was very very difficult to watch and it stirred a deep anger within myself.'— Grand Chief Stewart Phillip

Phillip was able to watch the RCMP video of the incident at the force's headquarters in Vancouver (with the permission of Clayton Willey's mother), and he now believes it's time police released the recording.

"I can tell you it was sickening. It was very very difficult to watch and it stirred a deep anger within myself."

Coroner's inquest questioned

Officers testified at a 2004 coroner's inquest into the death that Willey fought with police, even after he was "hogtied" and taken to the detachment. They said police used a Taser on Willey because they were unable to control him during his transfer from the police vehicle into the detachment.

David Eby, the executive director of the B.C. Civil Liberites Association, also believes the coroner's inquest and the police investigation were both flawed and would like to see the case re-opened.

"There are many significant oversights, we believe, in the RCMP investigation that was done … and in the coroner's inquest investigation that was done in this death," said Eby.

He said the case is one more example of the need for an independent police accountability system.

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