Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Sex, lies and videotape

A prediction: Chief Bill Blair's internal investigation will clear the Toronto Police of wrongdoing in the Amy Miller affair--indeed, of any wrongdoing at all. Remember, you read it here first.

But it's not solely up to him any more. The case will, however, be a test of the efficacy of the Office of the Ontario Independent Police Review Director.

I wish Miller, her journo colleagues and
Director Gerry McNeilly good luck in penetrating the blue wall. It's the closest we're going to come, it seems, to a public inquiry.

An interesting video has emerged of what appears to be a police officer posing as a Black Bloc member (@0:45). Infiltrator? Agent provocateur?

On the public policy side, David Eaves has some pithy analysis this morning of what happens when police lie to the citizenry. Police Chief Bill Blair, as it turns out, not only lied about the 5-metre Charter-free zone, but also about the "weapons" put on display to justify police actions over the weekend. It seems that a fantasy knight is out a suit of chain mail and some dummy arrows.

But Blair shouldn't be alone in taking the fall, if fall there be. There's plenty of blame to go around.

1 comment:

Dr.Dawg said...

And I didn't know whether to laugh or cry about that. Next we'll be criticized by Kim Jong-il for stifling free expression.