Toronto Police Chief Lies Again To Frame ProtestersPaul Joseph Watson
Jul. 01, 2010
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Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair has been caught lying again in an effort to justify the brutal police response metered out against G20 protesters and journalists this past weekend, after it emerged that weapons he presented to the media as evidence of criminals planning to wreak havoc on the city were in fact toys seized from a man who was on his way to a fantasy role-playing game and had nothing to do with the G20 summit.
"Brian Barrett was shocked to go online Tuesday and see a photo gallery showing toy weapons seized from him while en route to Mississauga for a fantasy role-playing game," reports the Toronto Sun.
Police Chief Blair had presented the hand-made scale armour, cushion-tipped arrows and hockey-taped shields as weapons "seized from criminals" who were planning violence at the G20.
"Some of the things that are related are these arrows with devices tied on to them so that they could pour gas on them, ignite them and shoot them at us," Blair said. "That was seized from criminals."
Right: Brian Barrett handles some of fake and harmless homemade weapons. He saw his "toys" displayed prominently at a press conference Tuesday where police claimed the ends were wrapped and ready to be doused with gas. (VERONICA HENRI/Toronto Sun)
Blair was knowingly lying to the media and the public. The toys were seized from Barrett after he was pushed down by cops and forced at gunpoint to consent to a search on his way to attending a role-playing game called Amtgard. The items had all been amended so as to make them safe for children, yet Blair later told the media they represented a deadly cache of weapons set to be used by G20 protesters.
"I woke up yesterday morning and I had players as far as Texas leaving me messages on my voicemail saying, 'Dude, all of your stuff is on TV, they're saying it's all terrorist weapons,'" Barrett said.
Toronto Police spokesman Mark Pugash attempted a lame apology to cover-up for the fact that the police were framing peaceful G20 protesters as violent terrorists in an effort to justify the brutal police crackdown in the city, claiming the weapons had not been properly examined before they were put on display. How police officers with any basic knowledge of weaponry couldn't distinguish real weapons from toys that were covered in foam and were "safe enough for 13-year-old and 14-year-old kids to play with," is irrational.
Blair has been caught in two examples of mass public deception in the space of a week. Before the G20 protests began, he claimed a secret law had been passed that allowed cops in Toronto to arrest individuals who refused to identify themselves. Throughout the weekend reports flooded in of protesters and even citizens of Toronto who were merely passers by being stopped outside the security perimeter and questioned by police under the amended law.
It later emerged that the so-called "Public Works Act" had never been passed, "The Ontario government did not pass a secret law that gave police additional power to arrest people during the G20 summit in Toronto," said Laura Blondeau, a spokeswoman for Community Safety Minister Rick Bartolucci.
Those that were arrested under this fake law, people like activist Charlie Veitch, have very strong legal cases against Blair and the Toronto police for wrongful arrest. Claims on behalf of Blondeau that no one was arrested under the fake law are manifestly false.
Blair is under intense pressure following allegations that police threatened to gang-rape women who were arrested at the event. Journalist Amy Miller described how numerous women were strip-searched by male officers and that one severely traumatized woman was sexually molested by police who stuck their fingers up her vagina, which is classified as rape.
"I was told I was going to be gang banged. I was told that I was never going to want to act as a journalist again by making sure I was going to be repeatedly raped while I was in jail," said Miller.
Brutal police attacks on peaceful protesters are routinely preceded by scenes of anarchists destroying private property with no police interference. Indeed, a growing body of evidence points to the fact that the anarchists who set a police car on fire and also smashed shop windows were in fact undercover police officers. This is a routine occurrence at global summits, where cops dress up as anarchists and cause mayhem in order to justify a police crackdown on legitimate demonstrators.
Amnesty international has called for a full public inquiry into policing methods employed at the summit after numerous innocent people and journalists were brutally beaten by riot cops.