Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Context - at the center of the storm

From the Toronto Star: "Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair is lashing out at the Special Investigations Unit for saying excessive force was probably used by officers in two cases during G20 protests.

The two cases are among six investigated by the police watchdog, which then decided not to pursue charges because the officers in question could not be identified.

At the centre of Blair’s grievances, a YouTube video the SIU used as corroborating evidence of excessive force against a civilian.

Blair said the video had been “tampered with.” He said the tape had been “forensically examined” over the weekend and that it was edited in a way that offered no explanation for why force was used ..."

"Blair questioned the validity of the video.

“We have no way of knowing what has been removed,” Blair said in a statement Monday. “It is very likely that what has been removed sheds light on why the man was arrested, and why force was used.”

“We’re asking why the SIU would use a video posted on YouTube without checking it independently?” said police spokesman Mark Pugash.

“I think it’s well known that you have to take everything you see on YouTube not only with a grain of salt, but with a huge amount of salt ...”

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