Hamilton Spec re ‘Helpless’: 1st orders to conduct racial policing – April 28, 2006

The Hamilton Spectator has published the first story based on excerpts from Christie Blatchford’s book, Helpless.

(Note that the date of the meeting with Inspector Getty described in paragraph 3 was actually April 28/06, not Feb 28th as shown. The meeting occurred eight days after the disastrous raid of April 20/06):


CALEDONIA It was a bizarre display of self-congratulation for an OPP commander whose elite squad had been publicly humiliated by a group of crudely armed native protesters only eight days before.

Instead of removing protesters from Douglas Creek Estates (DCE), members of the OPP tactical team were themselves pelted with rocks, attacked with clubs and other makeshift weapons and driven off the occupation site as television cameras rolled.

But on Feb. 28, 2006, two months after the protesters took over the subdivision, Inspector Mel Getty held a meeting to praise his troops for their handling of the volatile situation.

He declared the operation a smashing success and defied anybody to disagree with him. “If anyone doesn’t agree, you can leave the door right now,” he stated while pointing to the exits.

According to Globe and Mail columnist Christie Blatchford’s new book, Helpless, Getty then said something even more astonishing. The new mission, he stated, was for the OPP to protect “natives from non-natives.” It was the first time a superior officer had told them they should be treating people differently because of their racial background. […]


Read the rest of this story & see more photos…

POSTED BY: Mark Vandermaas, info@voiceofcanada.ca

One response to “Hamilton Spec re ‘Helpless’: 1st orders to conduct racial policing – April 28, 2006

  1. Murray, Truthguy

    I’m sending a great big HUG and a sincere thank you for the writing of her book. When can I buy a copy of this greatly appreciated expose’ that needs to be read by ALL Canadians? I live in BC. And a super big Thank You to CaledoniaWake-UpCall, CANACE and the people that have been doing what the OPP should have been doing; documenting this terrible happening in our ‘Once upon a time’ proud to live in and call it home; Canada. Thanks to Gary, Mark, Merlyn, Dave and so many others. We all really owe you our love and thanks. Truthguy Murray

    VoC REPLY: Wow, what a hugfest! Thanks, I’ll pass the love on. Did you mean Doug Fleming instead of Dave? Anyway, you’re too kind. You can get a heck of a deal by ordering online, links on this page.

    You may be happy to know that things are starting to get interesting in that people are talking to us, listening, learning, trying to figure out how to help. Been a long road, but it’s like having a baby I guess – forget the pain once it’s done. Except we’re not done. The Conservatives have completey betrayed Caledonia by nominating Julian Fantino. Tell your friends about our new site: Conservatives Against Fantino, so we’ve got a lot of work to do before we can say this never will happen again. But, we seem to be on the right track. Thanks for writing, hope things are sunny and warm in lalah land. 🙂 regards, Mark