Hamilton Spec re ‘Helpless’: New OPP mission after police attacked by natives – ‘protect natives’

UPDATED – The Hamilton Spectator has published the first story based on excerpts from Christie Blatchford’s book, Helpless.

(Note that the date of the meeting with Inspector Getty described in paragraph 3 was actually April 28/06, not Feb 28th as shown. The meeting occurred eight days after the disastrous raid of April 20/06):

CALEDONIA It was a bizarre display of self-congratulation for an OPP commander whose elite squad had been publicly humiliated by a group of crudely armed native protesters only eight days before.

Instead of removing protesters from Douglas Creek Estates (DCE), members of the OPP tactical team were themselves pelted with rocks, attacked with clubs and other makeshift weapons and driven off the occupation site as television cameras rolled.

But on Feb. 28, 2006, two months after the protesters took over the subdivision, Inspector Mel Getty held a meeting to praise his troops for their handling of the volatile situation.

He declared the operation a smashing success and defied anybody to disagree with him. “If anyone doesn’t agree, you can leave the door right now,” he stated while pointing to the exits.

According to Globe and Mail columnist Christie Blatchford’s new book, Helpless, Getty then said something even more astonishing. The new mission, he stated, was for the OPP to protect “natives from non-natives.” It was the first time a superior officer had told them they should be treating people differently because of their racial background. […]

CBC News coverage of April 20/06 failed OPP raid

Note how occupiers complain of police use of force, but are proud to say they resisted arrest.

OPP testimony about the violence by native occupiers

Photos from raid

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Canadian citizens forced to carry ‘passports’

After the abortive April 20, 2006 raid the protesters had set up checkpoints around the 40-hectare residential subdivision, issued passports to residents and imposed curfews. Debbie Thomson, who was forced to go through the checkpoints, told Blatchford the protesters had even threatened to body search her. But they backed off when she told them to get lost.

When CANACE co-founders Merlyn Kinrade and Mark Vandermaas visited another traumatized Sixth Line Family – the Dudychs – they were shown a sample of the pass native protesters forced them to carry.

A new mission begins April 28/06: protect criminals from their victims

The photos of broken windows and body damage to OPP vehicles provide a hint of the violence by native protesters that chased officers from the site.

The Spectator article contains the merest hint at the many other shocking details about the OPP’s racial policing policies exposed in Helpless, including that the OPP – after being attacked by hundreds of native protesters with weapons – now had a new mission:

“According to Globe and Mail columnist Christie Blatchford’s new book, Helpless, Getty then said something even more astonishing. The new mission, he stated, was for the OPP to protect “natives from non-natives.”

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POSTED BY: Mark Vandermaas, info@caledoniavictimsproject.ca

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About Mark Vandermaas

I am founder of Israel Truth Week, and I'm the 'Liberate Israel Training Guy.' I train pro-Israel advocates in how to use Israel's land title deed-the Mandate For Palestine-as a powerful moral narrative to counter the false 'occupation' vilification. Also, founder of VoiceofCanada.ca and the Caledonia Victims Project.
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