My friend Peter Jaworski calls people like me law and order conservatives. I am enormously more complex than that( I am Christian, Monarchist, capitalist, neocon, with a measure of libertarianism thrown in), but he has a point. I admit it I generally cut the police a lot of slack. I have enormous respect and affection for HM Forces. They do jobs and deal with people that many of us would find pretty awful. I know the police are not perfect. I actually have made a complaint to the police ethics board in Montreal once. I was stopped and detained for 30 minutes while driving in to the hospital late at night.This happened many years ago. The police wanted to know if I owned my car ( I was driving my Lexus SC 400 at the time). They insisted on checking for quite some time inspite of the fact that I told them I had a critically ill patient to attend to. I even had the locating operator of the hospital talk to the policeman. No ticket was issued and I was allowed to proceed. It seems i really did own my own car. I was very annoyed and made a complaint. I did get an apology when I met with the police officer at a mediation hearing. I agreed to no disciplinary action to be taken. That was OK for me.
I like this article about policing. I still think we need to give the police a lot of slack, but not too much.
All in all, we can give the police a lot of credit and cut them some slack; based on what we know so far, it seems that they mostly did a pretty good job. Canada’s police, relative to global standards, mostly do. But it’s fair to raise questions about the things that weren’t as they should have been, and the cases where it appears that the police did not do such an outstanding job.
And in the post-Dziekanski era, when right wingers robotically lining up in to the “our cops are always tops” camp are as out of touch as reflexive leftists claiming that we live under martial law, Canadians shouldn’t ever cut the police too much slack.