Monday, 20 December 2010

Rate a Cop

Another nifty use of the Intertoobz: Judge My Cop.

If you've had an experience with a cop -- good or bad -- this site wants to hear about it.
The website is the brainchild of 21-year-old Andre Borys, who was inspired to create the forum after his own encounter with Toronto police last summer. It was on one May evening that Mr. Borys was the designated driver for a group of friends out for a night on the town when police nabbed him for stopping in front of a pizza parlour in a no-parking zone.

“One officer looked at my licence, saw that I’m from Mississauga, and asked ‘What, they don’t have no-parking signs like this in Mississauga?’ ” recalled Mr. Borys, a fourth-year business student at McMaster University.

“I wanted to show him respect, so I didn’t respond with a smart-ass comment. Here I am being very respectful and he’s talking down to me.”

Mr. Borys doesn’t dispute the fact that he was breaking the law, nor that he deserved the $60 ticket, but says he felt making a complaint would have had no effect. So he started the website to allow people with similar experiences to air their grievances.

But it wasn’t until he saw the recent public outrage over alleged police brutality during the G20 summit making headlines this week that he decided to go live.

It went live very recently, so there aren't many comments there yet and they're all from Ontario.

So, what do the cops think? What did you expect? Waaaaaaah!
The Toronto Police Association says it is worried that a new website allowing the public to rant about their police encounters, publish names and badge numbers and rate officer behaviour, could incite “abuse” toward its members.

Well, when it come to 'abuse', the public has certainly been getting some lessons from the experts lately.

Paging Stacy Bonds. The Ottawa police haven't been mentioned yet.

Here's the site: Judge My Cop.


croghan27 said...

I would hope that some of the experiences related would also include some good ones as well.

Anonymous said...

croghan27 The good experiences are the baseline that we expect. No one should be having the bad experiences we read about. To date NO police officers have come forward to report police G20 abuse that they must have witnessed! Do you believe no police brutality happened @ the G20? Meanwhile police decry civilians who don't come forward to testify in other crimes. SIU/Blair not credible. Harper et al deny all.

Orwell's Bastard said...

I'm inclined to agree with thwap on this. Asshole cops don't make any distinction between black-bloc dickheads and ordinary peaceful citizens, so why should we extend them any more thought?

What's worse? Sadistic pigs who take advantage of their badges to kick the shit out of people, or their buddies who shut up, look the other way and do nothing to stop them? A difference which makes no difference is no difference.

Oh, and fuck the Toronto Police Association.

Anonymous said...

Translated Toronto Police Association (also a Christmas message!):

Our members are supposed to give abuse, not receive it.

thwap said...

Yeah, so far I haven't heard of any cop, in Toronto, Ottawa, anywhere, who has condemned the environment where the "bad apples" behave as if they're absolutely certain that they can get away with anything.

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