Friday, August 24, 2007

"Put The Rock Down, Man!"



Here is an apparent eye witness report of what the undercover police were up to before they got to the riot police line where the 'incident' took place. There are some heavy implications there if what the poster, Paul Malouf, surmises about their initial destination is correct (thanks to Dr. Dawg - again)

Double Secret Probation Update: Chet has an excellent, eyes wide open from the left-sided POV, analysis up at the Vanity Press.

"Put the rock down, man!" is exactly what police line-protecting protestor Dave Coles began yelling at the Surete du Quebec (provincial police) 'undercover' officer at the 35 second mark of Paul Manly's infamous Montebello Protest Video.

The image above is a still shot from the 39 second mark. It shows Mr. Coles pointing at the rock while he continues to demand that the masked man put it down.

The man refuses and then he lays out a pretty solid, chest high, rock-still-in-hand-shove-shot at Mr. Coles a few seconds later.

All of which could be viewed as somewhat provocative, if not downright 'inciteful'

But, according to the latest from the QPP that is not what was going on at all:

(Quebec Provincial Police) Insp. Savard defended the three agents and said they were not there to provoke demonstrators in Montebello, Que., where Prime Minister Stephen Harper, U.S. President George W. Bush and Mexican President Felipe Calderon met.

"At no time did the officers in question engage in provocation or incite anyone to commit violent acts," Insp. Savard told a news conference.


Insp. Savard acknowledged that one of the officers was given a rock by protesters but did not use it.

"One of the extremists gave the rock to one of our police officers and he had a choice to make," Insp. Savard said.

"He was asked by extremists to throw the rock at the police, but never had any intention of using it."

Alrighty then.

Yesterday, when they finally admitted, after repeatedly denying it, that the members of this band of bandana-clad banditos of bountiful non-belligerence were in fact theirs, the QPP mentioned that they had additional video evidence of their own that helped them make the correction.

So, perhaps they could show us some of that documentary video evidence to prove that 'one of the officers was given the rock by protesters' and was 'asked by extremists to throw the rock at the police'


Because, based on developments so far, it is not as if the authorities have given us any reason to believe anything their spokespeople say.

Especially in the absence of hard evidence (boulders excepted, of course).

Oh, and the next time you hear Stockwell Day et al. dismiss this as nothing more than QPP-specific issue that does not involve anyone else, please refer to the following interesting press release from an even more interesting little outfit that calls itself the 'Unified Police Agencies'.


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