UPDATE: The Ontario government chose to end its public relations disaster known as the Brown-Chatwell lawsuit by reaching a mid-trial settlement on Dec 31/09. National media outlets have issued strongly-worded commentaries on the settlement and the failure of the McGuinty government to order the OPP to enforce the law equally:
- National Post, Jan 07/10: Kelly McParland: The high cost of Dalton McGuinty’s native terror [PDF, REPRINT]
- Hamilton Spectator, Jan 06/10: Coming clean on Caledonia [PDF, REPRINT]
- Montreal Gazette, Jan 05/10: Ignoring Caledonia thugs is an affront to justice [PDF, REPRINT]
- National Post editorial board, Jan 02/10: It’s simple, really. Enforce the law. [PDF, REPRINT] (VoC commentary)
- Globe & Mail, Dec 31/09: For Caledonia couple, the occupation is finally over [PDF, REPRINT
Please see the CaledoniaWakeUpCall.com feature page for complete media coverage of the Brown-Chatwell trial.
Effectively, Mr. Brown’s and Ms. Chatwell’s lawsuit alleges the same thing – that the government, as a result of policy decisions taken for improper reasons including “political gain,” actively condoned the unlawful and criminal conduct of the protesters and failed to protect non-natives, denying them “the equal protection that they are entitled to under the law in a free and democratic society.”
Brown & Chatwell trial: crimes against democracy
The $7M trial of Brown-Chatwell v. OPP (Ontario government) is in recess with at least 3 more weeks of evidence to come in the new year. As part of a group of people who have been trying promote truth, justice and eventual healing/reconciliation on behalf of the innocent victims of racial policing – both native and non-native – I have some mixed feelings about the lurid evidence that has so utterly captivated the national media, and about what should come next.