McGill law student Jesse Gutman, resident of la belle province, says that an officer who pulled him over acknowledged that the police were "targeting Quebecers" during the G20.
Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair admits that there really was no 5-metre rule, meaning several people arrested or accosted by police were never doing anything illegal.
Reporters claim that they were beaten by police repeatedly, including one from the National Post.
There really is no end to the stories coming out of the G20. Questions of whether the force the police used was justified, and whether an inquiry should be held, are coming out of the woodwork. The blogosphere is abuzz with deep questions about this, coming from Liberals, Dippers, Greenies, and yes, Conservatives (though I can't find them online). Harper, and McGuinty as well, have really stepped in it.
Yet despite all this, recent polling done by Angus Reid* suggests Canadians overwhelmingly approve/support the police actions in Toronto. Not surprising in the least - most people don't, won't or can't tolerate the actions of these so-called "anarchists," who ironically organize themselves into "federations." They are, essentially, thugs. And whether or not the police had agents provacateurs, nothing can excuse the fact that these people went there with a purpose. They deserved, and got, a fairly measured response (though one asks why Saturday was so lax).
That said, if you asked Canadians whether an inquiry is needed to sift through the rubble, I think a good portion would agree. Even if the police have wild support, Canadians want people watching the watchers. I think most would say that if they were in the cop's shoes, they'd act the same way, but that it doesn't excuse any violations or abuses that they commit. An inquiry into the event, as well as into the decisions made by the different levels of government in regards to the powers granted to the police, will help us continue with a democratic, transparent and trustworthy system that we all want. That is the only route we can go if we want to repair any damage done by the event.