By Frank Moher
While mainstream news coverage of the G20 was dominated on Saturday by footage of burning police cars and vandals smashing windows, video of police misbehaviour, breaches of law, and plain old abuse emerged overnight on the internet. I’ve gathered some of it below.
For a more complete picture of the G20 than you’re liable to get from your TV, I recommend the Toronto Media Co-op and the G20 Alt Media Centre, including the latter’s live video feed on UStream. Also streaming live coverage on Saturday was Alternative View Network. Hopefully, it’ll be up and running again today.
On the other hand, you could just settle back and enjoy the NatPost’s Jonathan Kay “On the extraordinary professionalism of Toronto’s G20 police force”. “Doesn’t it tell us something,” he writes, “that, for all the images of violence displayed on TV screens over the last half day, not a single person seems to have suffered any sort of serious injury? On the left-wing web site rabble.ca, the only photo of an injured protestor the editors could find (as of 2:30am Sunday morning) shows someone lifting a band-aid to reveal a mildly scraped thigh.”
Hmm. Kay might want to check the rabble website again, for its story of The Guardian journalist Jesse Rosenfeld, who was beaten by one of Toronto’s extraordinarily professional police officers, then arrested. Or does getting punched in the stomach and elbowed in the back not count as an injury?
Police block march at University and Elm (clowns sent in)
Illegal search at Queen’s Park
Police spokesman questioned re arbitrary searches
Police shut down free speech zone
Another random snatch and grab
Police surrounded by angry protestors after arrest of deaf man
Police force way into pack of journalists
Police trap protestors attempting to leave from outside detention centre