Things got a little out of hand at the G20 Summit in Toronto this past summer. The riots cost the city quite a lot of money, and the damages have really hurt some store owners who didn't have adequate insurance coverage. I can see why the Toronto Police were strained for that event. It could not have been easy being in uniform.I'm not quite sure what a lot of the "protesters" were protesting. I don't think some of them know themselves. There's a video circulating on Youtube that's garnering a lot of attention. It's called Officer Bubbles, and it shows an overzealous police officer who's clearly having a bad day.
Yeah, he seems like a real prick who is bullying a small girl. There's no doubt in my mind that he shouldn't have acted that way, however, I have not walked a mile in his shoes. I would hope that if I was placed in that situation I would behave better, but I don't know, I have never been baited by a large crowd. I won't rush to judgement on this until more is known.
The video itself is a little deceptive, because it clearly attempts to give the impression that the girl was arrested for blowing bubbles. We don't know that for sure as it cuts away and doesn't show the events leading up to her arrest. It also uses the classic technique of pointing the camera up at the officer (often cutting off the top of his head) to make him appear as a towering figure while being level with the girl. Deliberate or not? I'm not sure, the cameraman was probably a shorter guy, however, this is the vantage point we are given. It's almost like a Bambi vs Godzilla situation.Some smartalec is milking this situation by making an "Officer Bubbles" series of cartoons that show the Officer arresting such benevolent characters as Obama, Santa Claus and others. Officer Bubbles is not helping his situation either by trying to get Youtube to reveal the identity of this person so that he can sue him/her (as well as the people who are leaving comments), and for that, I'm beginning to believe that he might very well just be a jerk. However, as for the original situation that got him in this hot water to begin with, why don't we all just let the facts come out before condemning him and potentially damaging his career.
I guess that this is one of the dangers of the internet. Trial by Youtube.