Before we get going a few key points to take care of up-front.
First – it’s not a great documentary from the point of view of an artistic or creative documentarian, in my opinion. This is very far away from the world of Errol Morris or Werner Hertzog. That being said it remains a valuable academic and political tool, because it achieves in one domain in particular, which is that it is a serious effort at documenting a massive quantity of raw footage which more than speaks for itself. In this respect the film is excellent. If the viewer can ignore some of the more cliched aesthetic choices and watch this documentary for raw footage, in my eyes it proves its value. What we choose to do with this information is another issue altogether.
I walk away from this documentary (it’s a doozy – about 2 and a quarter hours long) in complete and total disgust. I’m with Steve Paikin of TVO in the absolute revulsion at police tactics during last Summer’s G-20 meeting. Police used illegal tactics and enforced non-existent breaches of individual sovereignty. When a small group of ‘anarchists’ (and let’s be real, they’re thugs and vandals, and not anarchists in any real sense) tore through the city smashing everything on their path, police failed to act – failed at the one job they were suppose to use extra security measures to accomplish. And the next day they employ those measures against peaceful demonstrators.
Frankly I’d can the entire TPS for this massively royal fuck-up. After watching the footage it’s hard not to believe the TPS, RCMP, OPP and other police forces conspired to allow the so-called Black Bloc to riot so as to use extra-judicial measures to intimidate peaceful protestors.
Those responsible do not deserve to work as police officers in Canada any more – perhaps we should offer them one-way tickets to Pyeong-yang or Tehran, where they’d be more at home?
The progressive left should use this footage to prosecute any offending officers captured on film in civil court. God, I really hope there’s a class-action suit in place. Unfortunately, the city and province and police unions have probably set aside tax payer money for precisely these cases. The offending gestapo wannabes will keep their jobs and your taxes will go up. Christ it’s maddening.
Don’t try watching this before going to bed – your blood will boil and I doubt you’ll be counting much sheep as much as dreaming of revenge. Not for the faint of heart.