Friday, June 14, 2013

Toronto police terrorize poorest neighbourhoods with attack at dawn

The scenes described in the Toronto Star sound like an action thriller set in a fictional police state.

"While residents slept, police armed with percussion grenades and battering rams made their move," the Star gloats. And gloat they should; after all, they were tipped well in advance of the police assault on the Dixon Road neighbourhood.

Alas, this is not a fictional police state; it's Canada's biggest city. And the journalists doing the gloating write for what used to be considered Canada's most liberal newspaper.

Even five years ago a raid like this would have seen the Star raise questions about police overkill and abuse.

Today their five page coverage of this unprecedented overstepping of police powers elicits nothing but cheer-leading.

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