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FLASHBACK: Trudeau threw his political support behind Toronto Police Chief responsible for unlawful mass arrests, excessive force at G20 protests in Toronto

Update: Ottawa Police Chief has been replaced. Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair escaped accountability for excessive force and unlawful arrests at G20 Protests in 2010; Trudeau supported his run for political office in 2015.

TWO PLUS TWO EQUALS FOUR – Feb 13 2022 – [Update Feb 16 2022: Ottawa Police Chief has been replaced.]

G20 report slams police for ‘excessive’ force at Toronto protest

CBC May 16 2012

Gerry McNeilly, head of the Office of the Independent Police Review Director, speaks to reporters about G20 protests in June 2010. (Dave Seglins/CBC)

NY Times Reported on Canada’s G20 Embarrassment:

New York Times – June 27, 2010

Officer behind G20 mass arrests held to account, but where was (Toronto Police Chief) Bill Blair?

The Globe and Mail – Aug 27 2015

Bill Blair to seek federal Liberal nomination in Scarborough Southwest

CBC – Apr 26, 2015

“Frankly, Mr. Trudeau and the Liberals put forward values that I felt most closely aligned with,” said Blair.

Bill Blair, Toronto’s outgoing police chief, will be seeking the federal Liberal nomination in the riding of Scarborough Southwest. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press)

Justin Trudeau, Bill Blair defend record over handling of G20 protest (as Trudeau throws political support behind Blair’s run for office)

CBC – Apr 27, 2015

Toronto police chief still faces nomination meeting in Toronto’s Scarborough Southwest riding

“One of the things you’ve all seen from me over the past two years is that I have dedicated myself to trying to draw great people into politics,” Trudeau said to explain Blair’s appearance.

Bill Blair is a strong get for the Liberals heading into this fall’s federal election. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)
Police clear protesters outside the provincial government buildings in Toronto during the June 2010 G20 summit. (Chris Young/Canadian Press)


Egan: In a crisis, a police chief can’t hesitate to be a cop | Ottawa Citizen

Ottawa Citizen – Feb 15, 2022

Ottawa’s departing police chief was many things, just not a cop when we needed one.

As a leader, it doesn’t matter if you’re the smartest guy in the room, or have the shiniest badge, if you suffer from this fatal flaw: the perception you’re afraid to forcefully act.

Steve Bell, 25-year veteran, has been named interim Ottawa Police Service chief

Ottawa Citizen – by Blair Crawford – Feb 16 2022

CBC seems to have different information

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