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Toronto Police in a catch-22

July 2010

Did Toronto Police do the right thing in not confronting the rioters on
Saturday when they were damaging property?  I don’t think there is a
definitive, black & white answer.  Sure police could have charged
into the crowd and arrested the terrorist idiots, but that is not always
the best thing to do when dealing with a volatile crowd.  The even the
innocent bystanders in the crowd could have very easily turned on the
police, causing them to use increasing levels of force.  Does anybody
remember Oka?  Ipperwash?  What would all the arm-chair quarterbacks be
saying if anyone was injured or killed?  You could say the police lost
the battle, but won the war.

Seeing as only property was damaged, rather than people being injured or
killed, perhaps police did the sensible thing; maybe not the best
thing, but the sensible thing.  By the way my fellow Ontarians, the same
day these terrorist idiots were running loose on Yonge Street, two
Canadian Forces members were making their final journey down the Highway
of Heroes after doing their duty for their country in Afghanistan.  I
think we all need to figure out what is more important in this world.


About the author

Bruce Forsyth

Bruce Forsyth served in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve for 13 years (1987-2000). He served with units in Toronto, Hamilton & Windsor and worked or trained at CFB Esquimalt, CFB Halifax, CFB Petawawa, CFB Kingston, CFB Toronto, Camp Borden, The Burwash Training Area and LFCA Training Centre Meaford.

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