Free Speech, Policing, and Falsified Assault as a Pretext for Arrest

June 12, 2010 by  

The video speaks for itself.

Within one minute after the peaceful arrival of two Canadians at the Niagara Falls constituency office of Canada’s Justice Minister, Rob Nicholson, a police officer arrives on motorcycle. He says he has been called to the scene. He asks that the video camera recording him be turned off. When the camera person refuses to do so, the officer – shockingly – asserts that the camera filming him is “interpreted as a weapon”.

Clearly, it appears the officer has been called by the constituency office of Canada’s Justice Minister, because he was not called by the two Canadians attempting to visit it. He knocks on the locked door of the Justice Minister’s constituency office. The staffer unlocks the door that she had locked when she saw the two Canadians approaching the office in their car. One of the Canadians – Jacob Hunter – says he will not remain outside the office, because – being a taxpayer-funded office of a member of Parliament – it is a public space. The police officers turns, smacks a video or phone device out of Mr. Hunter’s hand, presses him back by the throat area, then sweeps behind Mr. Hunter and slaps on the cuffs claiming – falsely – that Mr. Hunter has assaulted him.

Who is Mr. Hunter? Mr. Hunter is a Canadian opposed to the prosecution of people who use Cannabis. Mr. Hunter uses Cannabis pursuant to a Canadian-government-recognized license to do so. He has, in recent weeks, sat peacefully and quite legally in the constituency offices of one or more elected members of Parliament. He has, in those offices, quite legally rolled marijuana cigarettes (though he has been polite enough not to smoke them indoors). He has done so to protest the extradition of anti-prohibitionist Marc Emery to the USA (Justice Minister Rob Nicholson surrendered Emery to the USA unconditionally on May 10, 2010), and to oppose violations of the liberty of Canadians in general.

Why did the police arrive only 1 minute or so after Mr. Hunter’s car pulled into the parking lot of Mr. Nicholson’s constituency office? How could they possibly have responded so quickly? I leave the answers to such questions to whatever sound, honest and diligent minds remain in Canada’s journalistic community.

Why did the police officer do to Mr. Hunter what he did to Mr. Hunter? Why did he pretend that Mr. Hunter had assaulted him, as a pretext for arresting Mr. Hunter?

Why does anyone pretend that things are not getting as bad as they are getting under the Conservative government?

I write this not as a socialist: I am a capitalist. I write this not as a bleeding heart: I seek justice, not mercy.

And just as the tens of billions currently borrowed each year by Conservatives is not capitalism, the throat-clenching grasp of police urged by our government to de-humanize and bear false witness against Canadians is neither justice nor mercy. And, apparently, it is on-call to respond, at a moment’s notice, to the Justice Minister’s staff.

Free speech? We’re on the razor’s edge, my fellow Canadians. And that implies that we’re also upon the razor’s edge between freedom and oppression.

Please watch this video, and share it with the media and with your friends.


2 Responses to “Free Speech, Policing, and Falsified Assault as a Pretext for Arrest”

  1. Matt Mernahuana on June 12th, 2010 12:33 pm

    paul these tactics aren’t not just related to marc emery. in fact marc emery’s crew is late to the dance. including yourself. for almost the last decade i’ve been covering protest / police tactics for NOW – since Harper the mood has been changing. he’s governing from the position of power. we see it reflected in the police.

    lastly…you’d be happy with the citizens of niagara to be truthful. they have your view when it comes to policing.

    niagara regional council has refused for the last several years to grant a budget raise in the NRPS budget. they fought back. well there’s a board that overfuled our duly elected citizens. the ontario board granted the nrps the budget raises.

    nrps want to be a build a new $100 mil police HQ. the citizens are saying no.

    their argument is that if the police need this then the federal government should pay for it. all the laws are federal. not local.

    maybe mr. hunter should learn a little respect for officers. learn to protest..

    your’s soldarity,

    Matt Mernagh

  2. ElectroPig Von FökkenGrüüven on June 13th, 2010 9:46 am

    I remember once when there was an accident on the main street of town, not 150 yards from the local police station. There were several cars in front of the station, so we know there were “several” officers in the station. It took about 20 minutes for them to respond to the scene of the accident after it was called in.

    Strangely enough, the accident occured right beside the coffee shop on the corner…you’d think that would have at least given them a clue as to how to get all the way down the street. Of course, when they DID arrive, it took two police cars with two officers in each vehicle. Funny how a normal-thinking person might have taken 30 seconds to walk down the block, but police mentality says that you need two police cars with multiple officers to go to the scene of an accident …but they can take their own sweet time getting there if it’s just “people’s lives at stake.”

    As to the “assault”, I’m pretty sure that not even the most corrupted judge will see anything but the cop abusing Jacob and drop the charges…but then, the system, and all those working within it, have a tendency towards viewing facts as lies, lies as facts, and perverting the truth to mean whatever they wish it to mean, provided that they can take your money or your freedom from you, and make you pay for all of it.

    There is no freedom in Canada when tyrants and criminals run everything…this is just another example that it’s time to change things for the better.

    I’m betting that the antipathetic nature of Canadians in general means that we’ll not see much change any time soon…nothing positive or beneficial to the public, at any rate.

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