Thankfully, I was unable to go downtown to have a look around the G20 protests. If I had, I am sure I would have been arrested, probably for the crime of taking photos or simply for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, even if that place was the designated protest site.
As we have heard, the police arrested people with very little or no cause, including reporters. I think the police ought to be held accountable for the failure to contain the violence everyone knew was coming, despite the obscene amount of cash spent on security. The police ought to be accountable for the catch-and-release program, in which they illegally arrested people just to get them off the streets, even if they were peaceful protesters.
I am a law-abiding citizen who has never had anything but respect for our police, but I am shocked and appalled by the police tactics during the G20. We lived in a police state during the summit. It was like martial law without the declaration.
We need a comprehensive and independent review of all police actions during the summit. We also need clarity of the issue of the security fence being declared a public work. After a brief visit to the fence to take a couple of shots, I bailed, when I saw others with cameras being searched and asked to produce ID for no reason.
I would never have described myself as anti-police, but after the G20, I have lost faith in the police.