www.cbc.ca, July 23 2010 – Police shoving woman on video raises questions – Video shows Vancouver policeman pushing a woman with cerebral palsy to the ground.
More info: Woman shoved by police says, ‘He has no right’ (http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2010/07/22/bc-woman-shoved-sandy-police-downtown-eastside.html?ref=rss&loomia_si=t0:a16:g2:r1:c0.119854:b35907028)
“He has no right to do that at all . … People of authority just disrespecting me like this, or anybody at all, it should be no excuse. Everybody should be treated equally.”
At least he seems to have felt bad about it and apologized, but it’s too easy for some police to abuse people, especially when those in power seem to be encouraging abuse at events like the G20.
Do the police exist to protect and serve the public – or the power structure?
We all need to decide this now – including police and politicians – before new energy taxes, home inspections, check points, and everything else is dropped on top of us. Are we going to participate in oppression, and lend support to it, or are we going to try to make things easier for each other?