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  1. Excellent analysis of 1983’s and all those events…
    Police play a vital role in our society, but they cannot do their jobs effectively without the trust, support and the taxes of the community. The community pays the salaries of the police in form of taxes. In order to hold that trust, the police must earn it including by asking themselves hard questions like whether there are certain laws they have a moral duty not to enforce and professional practices they have a moral obligation to disclaim.

    The bottom line is this: Québec police, Rock Forest, or the St-Thérèse Police, wield extraordinary power over the lives of others—including even the power of life and death—and yet they are among the least accountable people on the planet.

    The reality is that police are almost never prosecuted for the crimes they commit under colour of law, and the judiciary has helped ensure that other avenues of accountability, including particularly the ability to bring civil damages claims, are largely toothless.

    We have a massive double standard between the level of accountability to which members of law enforcement hold the rest of us and the level of accountability to which they permit themselves to be held—which again, is very close to zero.

    And when people perceive—correctly in my judgment—that some lives are counted by the system as less sacred than others, they are going to be angry about it. And they damn well should be.
    Serge Beaudoin, David Cross, André Vassart, Richard Blass and all those other innocent people who were murdered in the past by the police had all a life that was sacred, too. They were murdered. And they never got justice. And it was the police’s duty to serve and to protect. It was their MORAL duty, too. The police were too busy with playing cowboy and with protecting their own interests. They didn’t care about those innocent folks, which is unforgivable.

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