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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Media Release: Councillor Green Response to Arbitrary Stop by Hamilton Police

April 26, 2016 

Councillor Green Response to Arbitrary Stop by Hamilton Police

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—On Tuesday, April 26th Councillor Matthew Green was waiting for the bus to go home when two police cruisers stopped and one officer proceeded to engage in an arbitrary stop and questioning of Councillor Green.

“The truth is, this experience has been happening thousands of times throughout Ontario—it criminalizes innocent people, dehumanizing them and making them question their own place in their community. Although this is not the first time this has happened to me, this is the first time it has happened since being elected in 2014,” says Councillor Green.

Councillor Green submitted a formal complaint to the Hamilton Police Service on the morning of Wednesday, April 27, 2016.

“When residents call me to ask my advice on incidents revolving around racism or policing, I give them the same advice: officially file a complaint because not doing so allows people to continue to believe or suggest it doesn’t happen,” says Councillor Green.

14 comments:

  1. Green clearly has an agenda which he wants to advance, and he is exploiting this incident for political gain. He seems hyper-sensitive and overwrought and it is my opinion that it is him that is betraying a bias and promoting sterotypical generalizations.

    I fully support the officer in question.

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    1. without hearing anything from the police version of events. what if acting chief weatherhill comes forward and his his officer did violate policy/procedure. or that the officer did violate councillor green rights? would you STILL support the officer? like you supported constable derek mellor right up until he confessed in open court to multiple sexual assaults.

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    2. basing your argument on false pretense and hypothetical musings reveals the actual merit of your position.
      Mr. Green's account-and the manner in which he has conducted himself since the interaction-is the origin of my support

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    3. what about your past support for police that have been convicted of crimes? the pattern you repeat is "constable so and so could not possibly have done anything wrong. its all a bunch of ????'s making a fuss" then when constable so and so is convicted of said crimes, silence from jim. why? you hate being wrong time and time again. and you will be this time as well. these constables are in for some hurt. hello mayor green.

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    4. the example you provided is false and you are unable to support your position with anything other than your mouth.

      Are you threatening these officers?

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    5. jimmy. jim. james. you have your chums and supporters and cohorts here and other forums. you dont want to loose their respect by abandoning your convictions in a misguided attempt to "win" an exchange with me. i know what i am you know what you are. dont loose sight of how you are. embrace your past position no matter how counterfactual and contradictory it may seem to me or others in the present. all you have is your consistency.

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    6. "Are you threatening these officers?" what do you think jim graham? i cant believe i typed that.

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    7. I think you are clearly capable of saying and doing stupid things, but I also think you have confirmed your cowardice and as such pose a greater threat to your own personal safety than anyone else. Thanks for letting me clear that up.

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    8. AnonymousMay 01, 2016

      these officers WILL be in a world of hurt, big time. suspension maybe firing. or at least their careers will be seriously messed up. good on em. maybe you can pass the hat.

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  2. There are too many blanks here. If he really was just standing there. then he is right. If he was standing somewhere that may have looked suspicious or he responded arrogantly to the officer, than he is wrong. I hope it is not the latter.

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  3. Police pull over and question people all the time, no matter of their race. It's called policing. Was Clr Green arrested, beaten, intergated, or asked questions based on his race? Or was he asked standard policing questions that could have been asked of anyone standing on the street waiting for a bus? I tend to agree with the previous comments of Jim Graham. I say this because if there were no agenda at play, Clr Green would have just followed the same advise he gives to others and report it. Why make it public if he was just being policed? I am a minoirty by the way, and feel safe knowing that our men and women in blue are out in our streets doing their job. I too have been questioned, but didn't make an issue out of it. Its the same as crossing the boarder. These men and women are trained to keep us safe. If you are innocent, cooperate. Issuing reports against the police each time this happens to you because your feelings are hurt is taking time and money away towards keeping our community safe. Karen

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    1. Karen, you must be a PC or related to one.

      Nobody has the right to arbitrarily stop another and start questioning them, unless they think they were involved in a crime or committing one. A man checking his phone is not out of the ordinary anywhere. The other issue is tone of voice and confrontational nature that far too many PCs have today. I get it, it's a tough job. But then again, nobody forced you to take it. People hate cops today because they don't act like public servants, they act like public overlords. When their tone changes, so too will public opinion.

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    2. thank you.

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  4. I like Green in general. I hope he does not fall into the pit of thinking he's special or invincible because he's a city councillor. Sometimes heads could swell. Pick your battles here. I'm not naive and I know racism exists everywhere. But when you think your rights have been violated, make sure you are beyond reproach in your accusations.

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