March 28th, 2010

Over there too

Posted in The Job - General, Videos by 200

It seems that policing in Canada is similar to policing in the UK & policing by YouTube exists there too.

The following case surfaced this week in Victoria, Canada. The video shows the aftermath of a scene in which 8 men viciously assaulted one man culminating on him lying flat out on the deck having been kicked in the head. Three officers have to use pepper spray to disperse the offenders then eventually arrest 6 of them.

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  1. Civ_In_The_City says:

    Maybe he thought he`d give them a dose of what they had dished out.

    His actions didn`t look right to me, it might be a legit restraint technique that you can use if you can think up a reasonable justification afterwards but that only lets you off on a technicality. Without seeing the whole fracas it`s not easy to judge (even from a cosy sofa thousands of miles away).

    What goes through my mind is that if these guys are really drunk they aren`t able to listen to common-sense and reason, you can`t ask them politely to shut up and lie down. How often have we seen the softly-softly approach turn into an arrest because alcohol won`t let their brain function well enough to know when they are being offered a chance to go home quietly.

    By the same token, if you want someone to lie down on their front, with their hands behind their back, you won`t get them there by booting them in the ribs. They will curl into a ball and clutch at their injured area – the opposite of what the officer was asking for.

    Just going on the video footage this officer hasn`t done himself or his force any favours. The guy videoing even made a move to restrain the officer but was persuaded to stay out of it. His actions were likely to inflame the situation, not resolve it as fast and safely as possible.

    March 29th, 2010 at 12:13

  2. shojuro says:

    I am tempted to give my Inspector the very same rib massage because he constantly makes me want to quit and it’s no good you lot trying to coax me out of it again. This time he is moaning about me selling a legal plant food at car boot sales – on my days off too!

    The last time he upset me like this was when he put a ban on my private tuition classes in the ancient art of seppuku (that’s hari kari to ammeters). I sometimes think the man lives in a dreamworld.

    March 29th, 2010 at 19:36

  3. 200 says:


    if you want to post on this site, stick to one identity.

    March 30th, 2010 at 01:47

  4. Shijuro says:

    Thanks 200 – it’s the troll ID thieving again…

    What a wanker…

    March 30th, 2010 at 07:27

  5. Baz says:

    I would like to see what happened before the camera was turned on, this is the problem with so called bystanders video recordings of incidents, they tend to only show a small portion of an incident, and the portion they decide to show depends on where their loyalties lie. For all we know these guys could have shot, punched, or spat on the police officers before the put the boot in.

    I have had enaugh of hearing crap from civil libitarians about how if we are abused or assaulted we should be professional and show restraint. If people choose to assault us, then they can cannot be expected to be treated with kid gloves. If people are rude to us, well respect is a two way street.

    March 30th, 2010 at 23:33

  6. Clumsybob says:

    As usual we don’t see the full picture, but I couldn’t justify repeated knee strikes to someones spine. The prisoner was not resisting violently, he was restrained and there were two officers (not to mention in a very public place) I don’t know how the Canadian police work, but over here in Blighty I think some difficult questions would be asked.

    April 1st, 2010 at 21:13

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