Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Time for Bill Blair to Step Down

Well the G20 is over and all the screaming and yelling is going full bore about what happened and what went wrong. Unfortunately when ever you have incidents of this magnitude it's going to happen. There will be recriminations, acrimonious debate, finger pointing, screaming and yelling, and maybe if we are lucky we will get a unbiased commission to review the whole mess. Aside from all that there is one issue that stands head and shoulders above all the mess. City of Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair lied. What did he lie about? Well this news story says it all:
Police admit no five-metre rule existed on security fence law

[snip]...The temporary regulation, which was passed in secret June 2, did decree that all streets and sidewalks inside the fence were a public work until 11:59 p.m. Monday. Under the Ontario Public Works Protection Act, that allowed police to search people trying to enter that area.

But there was no power to search people coming within five metres of the fence, said ministry spokeswoman Laura Blondeau.

“The area designated by the regulation as a public work does not extend outside the boundary of the fence,” Ms. Blondeau said.

Asked Tuesday if there actually was a five-metre rule given the ministry’s clarification, Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair smiled and said, “No, but I was trying to keep the criminals out.” ...[snip]

Smug Mr. Blair smiled when he said that. When is it justified to lie to the public? Even using the excuse to keep criminals out of the area isn't a good one. In fact most of the protesters took it as a challenge to force the police forces hands in coming downtown into the area around the security fences. There were many loonies and crazies out in force over the weekend and the story about the I.D. check came out in the newspapers just before the G8/G20 started.

The cries coming from the demonstrators and their legal counsels was tremendous. In fact some of the groups demonstrating and carrying "Police State" signs felt even more justified in their view points.

Mr. Bill Blair is supposed to lead and guide our city police force. If he's willing to lie and mislead like this, when can we trust him to tell the truth about minor situations? I try to trust the police I interact with when I do. In my job sometimes it's necessary. I know there's been screaming and yelling about how they did nothing and over reacted over the weekend, but that's neither here nor there. We need a police chief that we can trust at all times. I don't mean we need one that everyone likes because that's impossible. We need one that will stand strong, be truthful, and SERVE and PROTECT us from as much as possible. I know that means pissing off a large segment of the populace, it comes with the job. Just don't lie to us. We need to trust our police force more then ever these days, and Bill Blair has become extremely untrustworthy with this bold faced lie.

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