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Julian Fantino and the Politics of Policing

March 3rd, 2008

I’m beginning to grow very weary of OPP commissioner Julian Fantino. It’s not how he does his job so much, and some of the things he says. Take for instance yesterday. Caledonia protesters targeted the Fantino compound in Woodbridge. About 20 protesters marched around peacefully and made speeches.

It’s extremely debatable whether Fantino’s house, and subsequently neighbourhood, should have been targeted on this way. But what does Fantino have to say about the protesters:

Why people would think that their actions today — their very personal actions today — would deter me or the OPP from doing our job. That shows a certain amount of desperation.

Do ya think that people who have been under siege, who’s neighbourhoods, in fact their community has been ruined by an illegal occupation, in which Fantino’s police force will not enforce the law, are desperate? I would have thought they were pulling their hair out of their head crazy by now. The thing is Mr. Fantino, “that shows a certain amount of desperation,” may be a put down against apolitical opponent, but these aren’t political opponents. These are desperate citizens asking that their property be protected.

It is, in fact, the whole point of taking the protest to your street, because they are desperate, and nobody seems to be doing anything about it. Commissioner Fantino, stop treating citizens you are sworn to serve and protect like they are your political opponents, and start doing your job.

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  1. Jafo
    March 3rd, 2008 at 16:20 | #1

    Try listening to the interview with Fantino on CHML Radio.

    http://www.900chml.com/station/feature_interviews.cfm?rem=100273&jor=100273&StartRow=1

    Fantino makes a lot of sense.

  2. Brian
    March 3rd, 2008 at 23:56 | #2

    Actually no, Fantino made little sense and was again highly unprofessional sounding.

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