Posts tagged: police
When I was a kid, the police were the good guys. Sure, there was the occasional miscarriage of justice… like 14 year old Stephen Truscott nearly being hung for a crime he didn’t commit. But even knowing about cases like this, we trusted that laws and policies would change. Our society would learn from such mistakes.
Today I agree with BoingBoing that the best course of action in the face of police questioning is to stand mute. Watching Byron Sonne’s interrogation videos; drives this point home more than anything else.
In a society like Canada, where citizens aren’t armed as a rule, while the police are, it is especially important to have strong civil rights. Because without civil rights, the police are unaccountable, and can very easily spin out of control. In the short term, that might seem like a good idea to police, and perhaps even to government.
But in the long term it polarizes us. It makes us mistrust thee police. It certainly doesn’t encourage willing co-operation. Which has to make the police job that much more difficult. After all, there are a lot more of us than there are of them.
Lawyer Davin Charney, gives an overview of the law in Canada.
Produced for the Centre for Police Accountability (C4PA).
R v Honoroski 2003 ABPC http://canlii.ca/t/57jz
R v Moore 1979 SCC http://canlii.ca/t/1z76c
Of course problems arise when the police threaten to spuriously bring a charge against you, as happened in the case of Byron Sonne. Now, I’m not a lawyer, but it seems to me that since the police got away with using this ruse against >Byron Sonne, isn’t the the effect that any police officer can now threaten or even lay frivolous charges against any citizen and force an identification?
What I wonder is if Canadians have been stripped of this right? — laurelrusswurm
It is simply incredible to me that this could happen at all, and worse, that this is how it is how things are supposed to work. Pardon me? What happened to critical thinking? Or civil rights?
Would a judge grant a warrant for search and seizure on the basis of the unsubstantiated word of a four year old? Really?
Funny, I read nothing about an apology.
Kind of ironic, considering:
Dozens of police face discipline over G20 ID badges
Toronto Police union loses bid to end mandatory name tags