The cases of police brutality at the G20 Summit in Toronto just keep growing and growing. Yesterday it has been revealed that Toronto Police abused John Pruyn, a 57-year-old amputee from Thorold, Ontario. He was sitting on the grass at Queen’s Park with his daughter Saturday, June 26, taking in peaceful demonstrations when a stream of riot police stormed the area.
He told Doug Draper, of the online news site Niagara at Large, that police became violent with him when he was slow to move due to the prosthetic limb he wears on his left leg, which was amputated after a farming accident 17 years ago.
The police ripped off the artificial leg, grabbed his walking sticks, and tied his hands before telling him to hop, even as his daughter and bystanders pleaded with the police to give him time to move. Impatient officers began “kicking and hitting” Pruyn, with one officer allegedly pressing Pruyn’s head to the ground with his knee, before he was dragged along on the pavement. A week later, Pruyn says his head is still hurting.
Speaking to the public, Peter Kormos, the Ontario New Democratic Party’s justice critic, told Niagara at Large:
“John’s story is one of the most shocking of the whole (G20 summit) weekend… He is not a young man and he is an amputee. …John is not a troublemaker. He is a peacemaker and like most of the people who were arrested, he was never charged with anything, which raises questions about why they were arrested in the first place.”
Reaction to the story has been swift, with some commenters calling for a full public inquiry into the police response.
However we know these “inquires” to be a fraud. The ruling class will not allow its bodyguards to be punished for the crimes and human rights violations they commit against those who question corporate power. The Toronto police are a disgrace to humanity and the Canadian Armed Forces who backed them up during the protest make a mockery of the claim of “defending freedom.”