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Toronto Police Have Snipers Ready At OCAP Police Accountability Protest, Posted March 18 2011
on 2011/3/18 7:14:54 (4873 reads)

It makes me sick to think that the Toronto Police Service does not posses proper risk assessment skills. One moment of miss judgement by a police snipper would likely kill someone.

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Yesterday there was a rally in support of the International Day Against Police Brutality. Really, the word "rally" should be in quotation marks, because the "rally" was maybe one or two hundred people representing the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty and other community organizations like it. OCAP gathered at 51 Division and then marched to University and Dundas, or until they got bored and went home, whichever happened first. And that was basically it...

bove street-level. The sniper did not, at any time, have his weapon in hand while the protesters were present, but instead merely watched them through binoculars. (As is proper; any police sniper worth his or her salt would only draw a weapon in the most extreme situations.) The rifle is just there as a last resort—after all, one never knows when a protest might get out of hand and turn violent.

Of course, the problem with this line of argument is that it distorts the proportions of the elements in play. The small band of OCAPsters were surrounded by police for the entire duration of their protest. There is tremendously little that having sniper coverage can add when you have one armed officer on the scene for every three or four protesters. ...

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This incident makes me ask:....



When was the last time a protestor in a western nation killed or seriously injured someone else?
I tried google, but could not find anything related to an officer being seriously injured or killed since the protests of the 1960's. If you do, please fill us in on the wall.

When was the last time a police force in a western nation was linked to the killing or serious injury of an unarmed or lesser-armed protestor or person present at a protest?

I searched google, and this is what I found:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-nuc ... ement#Deaths_and_injuries
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_G-20_London_Summit
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008_Greek_riots (in response to the police murder of 15 year old Alexandros Grigoropoulos)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007_MacArthur_Park_rallies
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quebec_City_protest
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/27th_G8_summit
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dudley_George
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blair_Peach
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tompkins_Square_Park_Riot_(1988)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UK_miners%27_strike_(1984–1985)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Stewart_(graffiti_artist)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Beanfield
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Gately
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Biko
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wounded_Knee_Incident
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kent_State_shootings
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackson_State_killings
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1969_York_Race_Riot
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protests_of_1968
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edson_Lu%C3%ADs_de_Lima_Souto
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orangeburg_Massacre
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloody_Sunday_(1965)#First_march
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmie_Lee_Jackson
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris_massacre_of_1961
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharpeville_massacre
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Hunger_March
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hilo_Massacre


Source: Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP)
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http://www.ocap.ca/




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Posted: 2011/3/18 17:00  Updated: 2011/3/18 17:00
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that kid holding the sign doesn't need to be aimed at by a sniper

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the demonstrators must be armed with weapons of truth... that would explain the snipers...