By now we all have been appalled by the video of Ottawa police assaulting Stacy Bonds at the station – Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, Police Chief Vern White, everybody. This is universal condemnation.
This one short video seems to have had more impact on public officials than the hundreds of hours of police video we have seen from the G20 Summit.
Yet there is one troubling question. Why would five officers, who would have known they were on video monitor, rough up a 125-pound woman like that without the slightest sign of inhibition? What would make them think that was acceptable behavior inside a police station?
But there appears to be widespread problem with police culture in
We all have heard unsubstantiated stories of police brutality without any tangible evidence. The brutal behaviour of the
Now that there are cameras everywhere from store monitors to cell phone cameras, we may be finding out some ugly truths about Canadian law enforcement.
Indeed there may be a serious disconnect between police and the society they are supposed to serve.
Perhaps this is just part of wider decline in public morality by our officials everywhere, which might explain the mindlessly cruel treatment of military veterans by the federal government, or the recent behaviour of a
Whatever the answer, the
“People do need to know that police do abuse their power, and people need to speak out. But there are a lot of great cops out there, too, and people need to know that.”
These are the words of a wise woman.