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Canada's National Shame

Posted: 06/18/11 11:31 AM ET

Canada's reputation around the world has been severely tarnished as images of thugs burning cars and looting stores has been splashed across the news screens of every country.

Strikingly similar to the pictures from Toronto's G20 just last year at this time!

Vancouver police were quoted recently that "things had changed" and that there was no possibility of riots after a hockey game. No repeats of 1994! How naïve to think that -- there will always be thugs if the police are not present at big events.

But the real issue is what is becoming of policing in Canada?

Last year officers in Toronto were ordered not to take action as hoodlums burned police cars and looted stores on some of the most prestigious streets in the city.

A day later, instructions were to kettle hundreds of citizens for hours in the rain.

Police brass said that they needed to question every person in order to determine who were the criminals --and yet many persons detained in the rain were not ever approached by the police. A year later, still no accountability, and no answers.

In Vancouver, cars were burning in the streets, stores were looted, and very little, if any, action taken. Today, police are asking the public to send in pictures so they can try to identify the culprits!

Is this what policing in Canada has come to? Let the thugs take over and then ask the public for clues? If the rank-and-file officers in Vancouver are anything like those in Toronto, they are embarrassed by their leadership. We need answers, and accountability.