“Whatever happened to handcuffing and tossing into squad cars? Could there possibly be anyone in the crowd (of anti-lockdown demonstrators) deserving of better? What am I missing?”
A Commentary by Carla Rienzo, a long-time community activist in Niagara, Ontario
Posted May 4th, 2021 on Niagara At Large
It is not lost on those of us who have made, and continue to make, huge sacrifices that the pandemic is nowhere close to being under control due to the selfish ignorance of those who feel that their personal rights trump social responsibility.
It is not lost on those of us who made, and continue to make, huge sacrifices that the pandemic is nowhere close to being under control due to the presence of the least effective politicians, police enforcement and bylaw enforcement in the history of the Niagara region.
If leadership starts at the top, there has been NONE.
From the Niagara Regional Police news release (see a copy of the April 2021 NRP release below) “As per the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, hosting or organizing a public event or other gather where the number of people in attendance exceeds the number permitted MAY lead to higher penalties.”
“MAY” lead to higher penalties? Why not “WILL” lead to higher penalties? What good is a public order if it has no teeth?
Demonstrators are well aware that police and bylaw enforcement have been guilty of dereliction of duty since day-one of the pandemic.
Demonstrators are well aware that the mayors of tourist towns in particular have done an abysmal job of dispensing fines, dispersing crowds and ORDERING (not asking) tourists to go home.
We are over a year into this pandemic.
The toll on human lives, children, our senior citizens trapped like rats in third world assisted-living residents, small businesses, the economy, our first responders, etc. has been catastrophic yet here we are with the police still dishing verbal effluent like – “The leading principle is keeping the peace and public safety and in doing so, at times, must utilize discretion when it comes to immediate enforcement.”
Whatever happened to handcuffing and tossing into squad cars? Could there possibly be anyone in the crowd deserving of better? What am I missing?
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