by Arjun Walia, Collective Evolution:
- The Facts:According to an investigative report, the vast majority of Ontario police will not follow Doug Ford’s COVID measure asking police to stop citizens in their cars to find out where they are going during the current stay at home order.
- Reflect On:Might we see law enforcement stand up to other draconian orders the government attempts to lay down?
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On April 16th Ontario premier Doug Ford announced stricter lockdown measures, including that Ontario police, both provincial and municipal, will have the power to stop citizens and ask them where they are going in order to find out if their travel outside their home is essential or whether they may be attending a social gathering. If this sounds draconian to you, you’re certainly no alone. And the police seem to think so too.
FINAL TALLY: Of Ontario’s 45 provincially-mandated police forces (44 municipal/regional + OPP), all but three came out against random and unwarranted stops. Two services – Chatham-Kent and Deep River – didn’t comment. Just one, the OPP, came out in favour. https://t.co/tDw4SwKg7b
— Andrew Lawton (@AndrewLawton) April 18, 2021
Since the rejection, the Ontario government has begun changing it’s mind on the measure:
BREAKING: The Ontario government is backtracking on allowing police to randomly and without cause stop and question people for not being at home (after 39/45 Ontario police agencies said they wouldn’t do it). pic.twitter.com/ivKhACm2Uq
— Andrew Lawton (@AndrewLawton) April 17, 2021
Why It Matters: This is a great example of how power is only enforced when people participate. In this case, if law enforcement went through with this, ‘the people’ wouldn’t have much of an obvious way to resist these measures, but when law enforcement denies draconian measures like this, the power the government has is restricted significantly.
Early this morning I was speaking to a fellow journalist here at CE talking about how for most people working on the police force, this measure would probably feel like one of the first times they very obviously had to ‘take things too far.’ To see only 12 hours later that the vast majority of police are standing up to this is a good sign that enforcers of rules are open to questioning their government. In my opinion, I hope this trend continues.
I also found it interesting to note that holding government accountable used to be something mainstream media would do, but now they only seem complicit in going along with government. Independent media now is tasked with the job, all while they face funding challenges and claims from mainstream and social media that independent media is not trustworthy.