Imagine for a moment, you’re in your car driving home. You’re spouse and children are waiting for you, having fun in the yard. You pull into your driveway when you are met by armed men. As you step out of your car, the armed men accost you, restrain you, point guns at you, and then proceed to put on rubber gloves, remove your pants, and search your bodily cavities in full view of the public.
Would you call the Police? Or hope one of the many witnesses to this event would call the Police on your behalf for you?
But what if it was the Police that assaulted you in the first place? Those armed men were in uniform and carrying badges and were supposed to be serving and protecting you?
You hadn’t committed any crime. You’ve done nothing wrong. No charges are ever laid against you in relation to the original complaint that motivated the Police to act like they did.
Jonathan Logan’s lawyer, along with an expert on use of force persuaded a Judge that there were enough grounds to lay charges against O.P.P. officers for their actions against him last year.
I’ve been advised by Carl Banting who was in the Bradford, Ontario courthouse this morning, that “The special prosecutor Lisa Cameron appeared and told the court she didn’t feel she had a reasonable chance of gaining a conviction against the officers so she was not going to proceed against them. Heaven help everyone, it appears as though they are never going to be held accountable for their actions.”
Heaven help us all, indeed. This could be you or me.