Food for Thought: Representations and Accounts of the Toronto 2010 G20

Posted: April 2, 2013 by akooner26 in Toronto G20 2010

Gord Hill’s depiction of the events surrounding the Toronto 2010 G20, from the Anti-Capitalist Resistance Comic Book to me seem to misinterpret some of the facts that happened between the people and the public at the G20. Looking at the title page one can see the battle between the people and the police officers. The one issue I seem to have with this comic book is that it seems as if Gord Hill meant only to display the side of the rebels who wanted to go to the g20 to cause harm. The G20 started off as a peaceful operation to get problems across one another. This event also took a lot of policing many police came from different provinces to support this cause. The G20 had an unlimited spending budget to get the job done effectively. The comic tells the reader that much of the one billion spent on the G20 was paid to cops, military troops, and guards.

June 24th was the first day of action. This is also when the people participated in the march. The march tried to move close to the G20 but was stopped din every direction. The picture of the police the next day is what starts to display police deviance. The language used in this comic book to me is what tells the story. The author used provocative words to get the message across of how the police had reactions to the protestors. In one of the boxes you see the sops saying, “wake up assholes! Show me your hands! Now!” I highly doubt that police officer would use these types of word under normal circumstances but when cops are bent on breaking the law they disregard the true nature of policing. The comic tells when the cops lost control of the crowds they took revenge. To me this comic is a little over reacted. The use of words and how the images are contrasted make it seem as if the people were the main cause of this problem when in reality the law had a lot of thing to do with how this even turned to be.

The removal of police tags would have to be the most deviant act the police committed during this even as they were able to beat arrest civilian’s knowing they would not be caught due to the fact that no one could tell the officers apart. The comic. The comic tells us a clash between the police and the public but seems to miss some key components as to who’s fault it really is.

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  1. Mike Larsen says:

    You state that “The G20 started off as a peaceful operation to get problems across one another. ”

    Could you explain what you mean by this?

    Regarding police language, you note that ” I highly doubt that police officer would use these types of word under normal circumstances but when cops are bent on breaking the law they disregard the true nature of policing”

    It is true that such language represents a violation of the official paradigm of policing, but ethnographic research consistently demonstrates the use of abusive or derogatory language on members of the public (especially those groups deemed to be ‘police property’). Note that the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP receives more complaints about language and disrespectful treatment than any other category of misconduct.

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