Toronto police sergeant calls woman “fucking dyke”

A complaint filed by a pair of journalists arrested during the 2010 G20 in Toronto seeks remedy for the abusive conduct they experienced from Toronto Police Service employees Michael Ferry and Douglas Rose.

Lisa Walter filmed an unfolding incident – fellow journalist Ryan Mitchell being forced to the ground and threatened. Walter was spotted by the criminals who wanted to censor their misdeeds. Not only was her camera stolen and the footage she captured deleted, but Rose called her a “fucking dyke” and a “douchbag.” And these men, remind yourself, claim to “serve and protect.”

Real mature. Would you voluntarily choose to fund such actions? I sure as hell wouldn’t.

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Though aggressors Ferry and Rose may face some repercussion, will their victims be made whole? Will anything really change at its core or will any “punishment” that the duo receives be more akin window dressing?

How, after all, can the same institution that employes such thugs hold itself accountable? It can’t. It simply lacks the proper incentives.

As I noted earlier this year in a post that addressed the widespread rights-violations that occurred at the G20, “Into The Fire” Details Toronto G20 Security Theater:

No one was held accountable, but that’s not too surprising. We’re talking about an association of individuals that claim the sole right to provide protection and security. They have no competition. There’s no reason to care about customer service or worry about being held accountable for actions.

The best thing Mitchell and Walter can do is make more-public their situation, as they’ve done. As more and more people see this and others examples, and maybe experience such unprovoked hostility themselves, the claimed double-standards is less and less likely to be tolerated. People will see that that all the internal reviews can’t change the nature of an institution that’s based on the flawed concept that it’s alright for some people to do certain actions based on their place of employment. Once a trivial level of “extra” rights is granted, it cannot be lessened until its retracted completely.

For more on this story check out the write-up G20 police illegally arrested journalists, used gay slur on CBC News.

Thanks to Yimothy Saulsa Flapperjack who sent the link to this story to us via a message at Facebook.com/CopBlock.

Pete Eyre

Pete Eyre is co-founder of CopBlock.org. As an advocate of peaceful, consensual interactions, he seeks to inject a message of complete liberty and self-government into the conversation of police accountability. Eyre went to undergrad and grad school for law enforcement, then spent time in DC as an intern at the Cato Institute, a Koch Fellow at the Drug Policy Alliance, Directer of Campus Outreach at the Institute for Humane Studies, Crasher-in-Chief at Bureaucrash, and as a contractor for the Future of Freedom Foundation. In 2009 he left the belly of the beast and hit the road with Motorhome Diaries and later co-founded Liberty On Tour. He spent time in New Hampshire home, and was involved with Free Keene, the Free State Project and The Daily Decrypt.