Monday, 4 April 2011

No. 10: Despite $930 Million in security, cops told to "stand down" and not stop vandals

Police officers were trained to stop the Black Bloc anarchists, were appropriately equipped and massively manned. Yet as downtown Toronto witnessed burning police cars and a small group of thugs on a rampage, a police source says the only thing that stopped the officers from doing that was an order telling them not to.  They say they could have rounded up all, or most of them, in no time.
An officer said that eventually there was "a clear order from the command centre saying 'Do not engage' "and, at that point, smelling weakness and no repercussions, the downtown was effectively turned over to the vandals while police, up to 19,000 strong, were ordered to stay out of it.