Those in power hate what they cannot control
by Bruce O’Hara
January 11, 2024
It pains me to write this post.
I’ve seen Canada’s police in action many times over the course of my seven decades on this planet. Occasionally I have been in direct contact with a cop. More often, I can see or hear a police officer in close proximity dealing with a homeless person, a drunk, a domestic argument, or a traffic accident.
In that entire time, I haven’t once seen a Canadian police officer be anything less than polite and respectful. Cops have a lot of power. They could easily use that power to bully people. I have more than once seen others with similar levels of power – customs agents and immigration officials, for example – abusing their power. But I’ve never personally seen a Canadian cop behave like a bully. While that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen, it likely means it is a rare event.
Canadian cops have difficult, dangerous and highly stressful jobs. I am grateful for how diligently and fairly all the Canadian cops I have seen in action over the course of my life have done their jobs.
I’ll grant you, when I saw the video of the RCMP on horseback charging that poor woman in a wheelchair during the Truckers’ protest, it definitely shook my faith in our police. But, in fairness, an ugly, heavy-handed authoritarianism was pretty ubiquitous during the later stages of the pandemic. I can forgive it as a kind of temporary insanity that was widespread at the time.
All that being said, I found this video to be absolutely horrifying. In this short video, Rebel News reporter David Menzies is posing questions to Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister Christia Freeland as she walks down the street. Suddenly a plainclothes police officer bumps into Menzies from behind, then announces that Menzies is under arrest for assaulting a police officer. Menzies is then hauled away in handcuffs.
It is so blatantly a bogus charge, it is nothing short of an embarrassment for the RCMP. (The officer made the arrest in plainclothes; perhaps he at least had enough decency to not want to sully the RCMP uniform.) What concerns me is that there were six cops involved in a clear-cut attempt to set Menzies up. So it seems unlikely that what happened was the result of a single cop with testosterone poisoning.
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