Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Montreal Police Shooting

For reference I am talking about the recent shooting of two men by the police in Montreal.  One of the dead was an innocent bystander on his way to work at a Montreal hospital. The other was a mentally ill homeless man who was being chance by police after he pulled a knife on them. The shooting  is now the number one national news story in Canada as things like this do not often happen in Canada.

We can expect a lot to come of this incident. There will be a long SIU investigation. There will be an inquiry. There will  be politicians at all levels getting involved. And in the end there will probably be more restrictions placed on police. There will be some who blindly support the police because that is what they do. Even before they bother getting all the facts. And there will be some who will want the officers involved to be severely punished with long jail sentences. Even before they bother getting all the facts.

Those people who want this punishment are in for a big letdown. With the exception of first degree murder criminals do not spend a lot of time in jail in Canada. This case is certainly not first degree murder. It is not even second degree. The most it will be, if it is found the police are at fault, is manslaughter. Or as I like to call it "Mans laughter." And that is if they are found to have acted outside standard police guidelines.

Whichever way it goes we can take one bright spot from this incident. The fact that this shooting is a big deal and is being covered the way it is. There are many countries where shootings like this are common and get little to no press. Though, I know this fact will not be any conciliation to the friends and family of the two dead men.

27 comments:

  1. violence make me sad :(

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  2. Yea cops can get away with just about anything if they follow guidelines or make it look like they did. That's really horrible for the bystander and his family, was deadly force really needed to bring down a deranged homeless person?

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  3. I'm a big hippy, and I generally dislike cops. Stuff like this really gets me going. I don't understand how a group employed by the citizens of our country gets such an ego, and decides to boss around the people paying their checks. Government is an institution created by the peoples. It should take orders from us, not vice versa.

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  4. The cops where I live are nothing but a bunch of donut fuckers

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  5. WTF these guys deserve to rot inside a cell for running these lives!

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  6. this is seriously getting out of hand

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  7. What a shame, I mean, It`s not like it`s the first time montreal police shoot insane people, miss and kill them. This time a innocent bystander got hit, these guy gotta learned to shoot.

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  8. Geeze, this just reinforces the fact that when you see the police with their guns drawn, run!

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  9. Too much violence, I don't like it

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  10. the cops in the netherlands should shoot more often. there considered whimps. all we carry is some silly hand gun with rubber bullets >.>

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  11. I just read about this in the paper today but I didn't know that the man that wielded the knife was homeless. I'm in Vancouver and there always seems to be some controversy involving police and RCMP.

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  12. Some people will say that won't even cover the stuff that happens in the Middle East but is it really how society supposed to be? When news about killing is a must on the news headlines and we're supposed to be okay that's how the world supposed to be?

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  13. What's this all aboot... Violence in Canadia, eh?
    Didn't the mounties extinguish it?

    That aside... Sad tale right there

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  14. wow thats pretty crazy =o

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  15. =/ As a fellow Canadian this really hit me close to heart.

    Police problems in Canada have been non existent til recently

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  16. cool, didn't know you were from Montreal. Cops suck here!!!

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  17. I've always thought of Canada as a really happy, friendly, safe place. This is the first time I've ever associated anything bad with Canada

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  18. same as Mrs. pickle They are the scum of my country :c

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