On June 25 as I was approaching Allen Gardens to participate in and video the rally and march, I witnessed police confiscating personal property and demanding they search peoples’ belongings. I stopped to video this and was physically moved aside instead of being asked to move. I suspect that this could be described as an assault even though it was minor. When I protested about being handled when a verbal request for me to move aside would have sufficed, one of the officers made a veiled threat that I might be PUSHED over some bicycles laying behind me. The way he said it, ” Ya, but just don’t push him on the bikes” was clearly a threat and at the best possible translation of what he said, he was telling his fellow officer that it was OK to push me, but not on the bikes. I have this on video at http://downbutnotout.synthasite.com/society.php
Just scroll down to the video titled “G20 Protest 2010
This incident may seem minor, but I believe that EVERY INFRINGEMENT OF HUMAN RIGHTS that goes unchallenged only weakens our rights.
- Joshua – “We cupped our hands as if offering water and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ Shuffling sideways on the crowded street corner I looked again into the next officer’s eyes: ‘Peace be with you.’ ‘Peace be with you.’ ‘Peace be with you.’ ‘Peace be’ – Quick. Cold. Rough. Two police seized me by the arms and pulled me off.”
- Karen – “I’ve never been afraid to go to a public demonstration…But now all that has changed.”
- “I did not see either officer wearing a badge”
Jean-Nicolas – “A police officer with a bicycle placed in front of me, me cria ‘Get back!’ and struck me a violent blow in the belly with the handlebars!…That's when I asked the officer, very politely : ‘Sir, may I have your name and your badge, please.’ Il a répondu en criant ‘Catch him!’…The officer who hit me with his bicycle then addressed to me, looked into my eyes and said a sentence I'll never forget : ‘Now, do you still want my name and my badge?'”
- Dylan – “It was never explained how sitting was a crime.”