Adrienne Telford and Jeff Carolin
As we mark the one-year anniversary of the G20’s visit to downtown Toronto, the events that unfolded in Vancouver last week cry out for comparison.
Take, for example, the differences between the police planning and response.
In Vancouver, the police planned for a public gathering of 100,000 people by deploying 300 officers. When acts of property damage and looting broke out, the officers made 101 arrests, and then everyone went home.
In Toronto, 19,000 officers were deployed for protest marches that attracted upwards of 30,000 people. The police made no arrests at the time property was being damaged, and then spent the next 24 hours patrolling the downtown in heavily armed groups, continuing the pattern they established earlier that week of on-the-spot interrogations and Constitution-violating searches.