UPDATED 1130 EST June 13/09: See editorial comment by Gary McHale re the contrast between how natives and non-natives are treated during protests – includes copy of warning from OPP to participants in Caledonia Convoy not to break the law.
Racial Policing? What Racial Policing?
If you happen to be a non-native activist named Gary McHale who merely suggested to a resident that he ask others to help him block the road he already blocked in retaliation for the native who blocked it first, you are charged with ‘Counselling Mischief Not Committed.’
- VoiceofCanada feature: Caledonia Lawsuits (see R. v. McHale)
If you’re the native guy named Clyde Powless whose orders resulted in the road being blocked, and who assaulted Gary McHale and OPP officers during the same protest you get a charge of Assault Police dropped and a letter of reference thanks to Julian Fantino, and the Crown later drops the charge of Mischief for blocking the road.
If you are a non-native resident of Caledonia named Randy Fleming walking down a street with a Canadian flag you get jumped by OPP officers, roughed up and then charged with Obstructing police.
- VoiceofCanada, June 01/09: Randy Fleming arrest photos: OPP Race-Based Policing alive & well
If you are a native protester named Ruby Montour occupying the Douglas Creek Estates – stolen from its original owner who was then forced to sell it to McGuinty – you get to instruct the police to make sure Randy Fleming gets arrested for exercising his rights.
- VoiceofCanada, May 29/09: OPP lied to Kinrade at Caledonia flag raising
Hey, the Tamils did it…why not us?
And, if you are a native protester named Ruby Montour who has illegally blockaded construction sites in Haldimand and who has faced Extortion, Intimidation and Mischief charges for same, you get the Extortion and Intimidation charges dropped by the Crown, and you and your 7 other partners in crime get a police escort from both the Hamilton Police Services and the OPP while you block three major highways between Hamilton and Brantford.
The Six Nations group – about 10 women and two children followed by eight vehicles bearing signs and flags so far – walked onto the southbound Red Hill Valley Parkway shortly after 8 a.m. with half a dozen Hamilton police cruisers, a motorcycle cop and one marked OPP cruiser behind.