Kudos to Karen Sorrell of Caledonia for putting Julian Fantino in his place with an absolutely brilliant letter to the editor published in today’s Hamilton Spectator. She was responding to Fantino’s silly and irrational attempt to blame Caledonia residents for the violence committed against peaceful non-native protestors one week ago (Dec 03/07).
Here’s part of what Karen had to say:
So OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino is upset that Caledonia residents were “provoking” those running an illegal smoke shop and he states that he is going to end the madness. Oh, please. Bullies hide behind words, which is all Fantino has done since assuming the top cop position.
Provocation is smoke shops being set up and allowed to conduct business freely on land under the jurisdiction of Haldimand County and its designated police service, the OPP. Provocation is being told that the main street of your town is under the jurisdiction of natives and having that street illegally barricaded at a moment’s notice. Provocation is having Six Nations stickers stuck on the sign bearing the town’s name. Provocation is warrior flags on vehicles driving around town. But most importantly, provocation is police officers doing nothing to stop the escalation, yet turning on and charging only the residents when things get out of hand.
Madness is allowing this situation to continue for almost two years, with no end in sight. Madness is the distinct and growing feeling in Caledonia that we are being left to fend for ourselves despite the numbers of police present in town who seem to utilize their time with radar traps and RIDE programs.
Excerpt from Karen Sorrell letter to editor of Hamilton Spectator, Dec 08/07: The madness in Caledonia
Thank you Karen – whoever you are – for having the guts to say what the politicians will not – the problems in Caledonia have been caused by native thugs and the police who protect them. They were NOT caused by innocent, frustrated residents driven to peaceful civil disobedience by the arrogant refusal to listen to their pain and act upon it.
Given that Fantino and the Caledonia OPP detachment have tainted the investigation into last weekend’s law enforcement fiasco with their pre-investigation pronouncement of guilt, residents of Caledonia should be flooding every media outlet in Ontario with letters like Karen’s demanding that the RCMP be called in to investigate. Fantino’s force has proven that, not only will it not enforce the law, it cannot be trusted to tell the truth.
While you’re at it, how about calling or writing your MPP and MP to tell them that the OPP’s heavy handed, politically-motivated charge against Gary McHale, and the stifling restrictions that keep him out of Caledonia and from speaking with his associates are an outrage, especially considering the petty nature of the non-violent ‘crime’ he is charged with.
Remember Kyle, Doug and Gary. They risked their freedom to defend your rights.
FREE CALEDONIA FROM THE OPP – NOW!
Mark Vandermaas, Editor
- Karen Sorrell letter to editor, Hamilton Spectator, Dec 08/07: The Madness in Caledonia
- VoiceofCanada, Dec 07/07: Brantford Expositor: “at no time do we condone violence”
- VoiceofCanada, Dec 07/07: Powless, McHale charged: OPP impose gag orders
- VoiceofCanada, Dec 05/07: Brantford Expositor endorses violence against civil rights activist
- VoiceofCanada, Dec 03/07: OPP Brass, native thugs ensure violence in Caledonia