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Police downtown

In London, Ontario, Canada on May 14th, 2009

(on Richmond street, just south of Dundas)




Others had cameras out there, and one guy yelled out tell tell the police that he would be posting a cell phone video on YouTube.


I'll add links to other photos and videos on the web if anyone e-mails them to me. You can contact me at this address: tblack2 at uwo dot ca. So far I haven't been able to find any other online photos or video on my own.




At least two of the police officers were unnecessarily violent. I'm not prepared to say that what I saw was "police brutality" -- as I don't know enough about the situation I saw today, and I don't know enough about how the phrase "police brutality" is used or defined (if there is a formal definition for the term).

I don't take accusations like this lightly. That said, I will repeat that I could tell that the police could have been less violent.


I saw an officer bash a young man in the face more than once, and I saw an officer stomp on that young man's leg.


Many people out there were criticizing the conduct of the police. A few people obviously were confronting the police directly, and others around me were muttering more quietly. One guy yelled "abuse of power." Police officers responded by shifting into crowd control mode.


Ultimately, at least four people were arrested.


At least four police cars were there, at one point.

A police van also was driven in.




There also was a small crowd on the side of the road where I was standing with my wife.




Recently, there has been a lot of friction between the local police and local high school students -

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Taken on May 14, 2009