Tuesday, March 31, 2015

So this just blew up on social media

Have you seen it yet?
Posted by blogTO on Tuesday, March 31, 2015


Valentino Assenza said...

I have no idea why the two gentlemen were under arrest to begin with, not sure what they did but when you a) resist arrest, and b) throw repeated punches, kicks, and knees to an officer, TTC Special Constable or what have you, it's likely not going to make the situation any better even the drunkard talking smack in the Phoenix Coyotes jacket was sober enough to tell junior to not do that.

That being said, I'm sure there is going to be more than a few symposiums on the fact that TTC Special Constables, at least the ones in this video may need some re-training and some coaching, perhaps even some anger management training too. The one TTC special constable repeatedly throwing punches to the son's face in the video is way the hell out of hand.

Mad props to the Metro Toronto Police for coming in and controlling the situation, you could certainly tell the difference.

Truly an embarassing and unfortunate incident. I can't absolutely say without a shadow of a doubt that this incident was moron induced. But considering the video starts with the special constable clearly saying "you're under arrest, what don't you understand?," and considering the reputation of Toronto sports fans putting the "ass" in classy, I'm not sure that it's that much of a stretch.

Anonymous said...

It's pretty clear from the way CP24 edited the clip, that the one Special Constable is pretty quick to get worked up. If you watch the whole video in the link on BlogTO, it's pretty clear that they were resisting the whole time, and aggressive towards the officers.

You don't punch or kick a cop, and you don't grab one by the collar, or generally touch any part of them. If they ask you for id, give it. TTC Special Constables are just that, real cops as far as TTC matters are concerned on TTC property.

Resisting arrest, assaulting a cop, and just generally struggling with one may get you a bloodied lip.

Notice how timid these guys were when the Toronto Police showed up.

C.J. Smith said...

Special constables ARE police officers. They are sworn officers of the court. They just work for a crown or public agency. Unfortunately, the public considers them glorified security guards and only consider those working for a police department "real cops".

Better education is needed about what transit officers do.

As for what went on in this video, I don't do this job. I have no idea what calls for force. We have to trust Byford and Ross will handle it accordingly pending the outcome of their investigation.