I have not yet read (which only means I’ve not yet read, not that it hasn’t been written) how stupid this business of kettling really was, and how accurately it reflects part of the reason for the public’s distrust of the Toronto Police.
IF as a police officer you truly believed that you and “the people’ were one, you would NOT be afraid of a few hundred citizens standing and watching.
If on the other hand you start off by assuming that everyone EXCEPT the police is against the law, then you kettle.
I think back to the small town (1,500 people) in which I spent three years of my life. Everyone knew everyone else, and it seems to me that the job of policing must have been relatively easy.
If a police man decided to take a drunk and put him in jail overnight, it was probably as good accommodation as the guys home, and anyway, the guys in the bar were probably fed up with the drunk anyway.
It would not be a big deal, because everyone knew everyone, police included, and everyone had to get along with, and support, everyone else.
In Toronto, the police by their actions always strengthen the perception, and ultimately the belief, that it is “Them “ and “Us”.
By the time of the G20 summit, over six years ago, some officers (Fenton among them) were already of the mind that if you weren’t wearing an officer’s uniform, you were by definition against the law and could therefore be corralled like a mob of unruly steers and held in cages for over twenty-four hours.
Note that after six years, the issue still isn’t settles. That means six years of reinforced views by those kettled, their friends and families, that it is ‘Us” versus “Them”.
And now Fenton makes it worse by apologizing and then negating his apology with an appeal.
And don’t talk to me about distinctions-in-law. I’m writing about perceptions of “Them” and “Us”.
Faith; or the lack thereof.
In late July the Toronto Star posted an article about a Suitcase on which you can ride.
Miles Kington in his book “Moreover too...” (Penguin, 1985) wrote that Moreover Laboratories had developed such a device.