From: Christopher Jordan Dorner /7648
Christopher Dorner w/ Chief William Bratton
I know most of you who personally know me are in disbelief to hear from media reports that I am suspected of committing such horrendous murders and have taken drastic and shocking actions in the last couple of days. You are saying to yourself that this is completely out of character of the man you knew who always wore a smile wherever he was seen. I know I will be villified by the LAPD and the media. Unfortunately, this is a necessary evil that I do not enjoy but must partake andcomplete for substantial change to occur within the LAPD and reclaim my name. The department has not changed since the Rampart and Rodney King days. It has gotten worse. The consent decree should never have been lifted. The only thing that has evolved from the consent decree is those officers involved in the Rampart scandal and Rodney King incidents have since promoted to supervisor, commanders, and command staff, and executive positions.
We know it has been a couple weeks by now, but there are a lot of social justice movements currently mobilizing in Toronto and we got busy. That being said we felt it imperative to create a historical and accurate record of the atrocious event that occurred on March 30th, 2012. We have compiled a few interviews on the subject, and gathered some of the video evidence that will be used in court against officers Roehl Ong and Henderson who are currently suspended with pay pending an SIU investigation. The SIU, or Special Investigations Unit, is currently processing the case, and is requesting any information or witness statements here. The SIU’s website notably also has no investigation relating to the man who was knocked unconscious for over 10 hours according to eye-witness accounts.
Here are some stats on the Toronto Police and by association, the SIU’s performance, if you take the time to understand these numbers, you might start to see a pattern of some bad cops slipping through their net. Only 381 Toronto Police Services cases have been investigated since the inception of the Ontario SIU in 2005. TPS, the Toronto Police Service, has interestingly enough stopped posting their annual statistics as you can see here. There is a trend towards non-information in our government. The census now gathers less information than it did 10 years ago, having switched from a ‘longform‘ census to a much less specific one. The trend spells disaster for anyone who is in a marginalized part of society, and shows a lacking in judgement firstly, but more importantly: it shows the government is not concerned with making Canada a safe and prosperous place for all.
The people who experienced firsthand the effects of having non-conformers in a society that devalues anyone who goes against the grain in a tangible manner did so through their meeting with constables Roehl Ong and Henderson. These two rogue officers took it upon themselves to serve an unsigned eviction notice printed from a regular printer to the Occupy Toronto encampment, you can hear one intimidating one civilian journalist, before punching another in the face repeatedly, and by witness accounts the officer in question battered this middle-ages trans-gendered woman while using his handcuffs as improvised brass knuckles. The most sensitive video evidence is currently under review by the SIU, however Mediawrench.org has compiled interviews and footage from the day of the attacks. We have chosen to release this information on the 30th birthday of our Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Over 1 thousand civil rights activists and concerned citizens of Toronto and the GTA showed up at City Hall to show their disapproval of the proposed 2012 budget cuts. The rally was made up of a broad range of individuals from Etobicoke, Jane and Finch, and the downtown core. There were children, students, business professional, unions, and seniors all uniting for the same purpose; to show Ford that his cuts which threaten to further disadvantage those most vulnerable would not be tolerated. After City Hall shut down access to the City Council Chambers due to it being “over-capacity” despite councillors tweeting that there were empty seats, it was suggested that the rally be taken inside to view the meeting on the big screens.
When citizens reached the doors of City Hall, they were greeted by a line-up of police who would not grant them entrance into the building. I myself was trapped inside, caught between the two main doors with many other people with no way in or out. The main entrance was limbo for those who had been inside, some who had just left the meeting to go home. Those trapped inside began to cheer for those on the other side of the barriers, chanting “Let them in, Kick Ford Out.”
What we saw from the unobstructed view from No-Man’s land was police pulling protestors over barricades, dragging them out from under the crowd, arresting individuals from inside the main doors who were chanting “Let Them In.” Police were seen to use excessive force on individuals who showed no sign of resisting or using force against the officers. One individual who was arrested, Derek Soberall, was tackled by police while trying to recover his camera which another officer had knocked out of his hands. The pandemonium and tension was rising as 9 people were taken away for detaining and/or arrest.
The video footage captured is unedited and raw. It speaks for itself.
Footage from Inside and Outside the yellow line. Also, a video showing Media Wrench member Nick Williams being treated by the EMS for pepperspray as he was photographing the event.
Reported by Anna
All video footage and photography by Anna and Roberto Horta.
On January 17th, concerned citizens of Toronto and the GTA congregated at City Hall in response to the proposed budget cuts of Rob Ford and the City Council. Essential citizen services such as daycare, shelters and transitional housing, the mobile health care unit for immigrant women, community pools, and education were slated for significant cuts that would affect those who are most vulnerable in our communities; visible minorities, immigrants and the impoverished. Libraries, the Hardship Fund and TTC were also slated for cuts and the High Park Zoo which was established in 1918 for the free enjoyment of the public was facing closure.
The Council Chambers were filled with citizens taking active participation in the political process, but not everyone was allowed in. When Speaker Coun acknowledged the presence of Fieldstone Day School who were there “to learn more about their local government”, it became known to those present that the students had been denied entrance into the Chambers. The issue was eventually resolved and the students were allowed to enter the meeting. This would not be the last denial of the citizen’s right to be present for an open Council Chamber meeting that day.
Councillor Michelle Berardinetti proposed to increase funding to the Immigrant Women’s Health Centre which is a service that delivers clinical sexual health services to immigrant women who are a targeted priority population. She argued that her proposal would put gender equality and women’s health at the fore-front of the budget.
Councillor Gary Crawford (Ward 36, Scarborough Southwest) fought to protect transitional housing. With three shelters slated for closure, Bellwoods House, Birchmount Residence and Downsview Dells; Crawford was concerned about where those who needed this essential service would go as the in-take demand would not diminish. He agreed that an alternative model would be more effective and needs to be found. However, transitional housing needs to stay in place until this is accomplished.
Councillor Gloria Lindsay (Ward 4 Etobicoke Center) Luby was applauded by citizens present when she voiced her concerns regarding the library cuts, stating: “It’s 1984 all over again.”
Councillor John Parker (Ward 26 Don Valley West) brought up the point that when he had previously asked questions regarding the particulars of the motion on capital spending and operating costs, “the answer [he] received was that ‘We have question period, but we don’t have answer period’.” An interesting answer to be sure. “I do wonder how we live with ourselves as we are going to provide subsidized daycare facilities to some families and not to others,” he stated. “That was a discussion that didn’t seem to be welcome this morning although I tried to introduce the subject for discussion and debate.”
While councillors in overwhelming numbers had fought to voice the concerns that their constituents had brought forward to them, not all were supportive. Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti (Ward 7 York West) had several outbursts of frustration with those counsellors who had a proposal that he did not side with, or those who were simply seeking clarification and understanding of a proposal. An example of said outbursts would be his behavior towards Councillor Gloria Lindsay Luby which was reprimanded by The Speaker who defended that Councillor Luby had “the right to ask the question.”
With such ‘hot topics’ on the floor in Chambers, citizens were clambering to be present to hear the proceedings, but many were denied their right of entrance into the meeting despite many seats being open for spectators. The Council Chamber is on floor 3C and only accessible by elevator. As many citizens quickly learned, when it has been decided that noone was further permitted entrance, noone else is getting in. Those who took the elevators discovered that they were being taken to Floor 4 where the elevator would remain until the ground floor was selected. The doors would not open and floor 3C would be skipped. Citizens crowded the main area on the ground floor where they could view the meeting on large screens, their only option to participate in their local political process.
We asked security why there had been no process set in place for accommodating all interested citizens and why the Chambers were locked when there were still seats empty, but they did not have any interest in answering our questions.
Reported by Anna
*All quotations and information were taken from live film footage by the MediaWrench team.
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