Justice

Would law apply to all violent rioters?

News Item:

“OTTAWA – It could soon be illegal for rioters to hide behind masks.

“A proposed law would allow cops to arrest those participating in an unlawful gathering or a riot if they cover their faces with bandannas and balaclavas.

“This is exactly the kind of thing we need to see, this kind of law will create a deterrence effect,” said Blake Richards, the Conservative backbencher who drafted the bill.

“He said police support a change to the Criminal Code.”

Would rioters like these darkly clad gentlemen at UC Davis and in Seattle be subject to a law banning face masks?

First amendment to the U.S. Constitution:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Section 2 from the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms:

Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms:

(a) freedom of conscience and religion;
(b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication;
(c) freedom of peaceful assembly; and
(d) freedom of association.

Categories: Justice, Policing

4 replies »

  1. and of course any assembly of individuals would be deemed unlawful.
    What I would like to know is when the police changed from police to a paramilitary force.
    At least from looking at their uniforms that is what they are or trying to be.
    Could it be too many SWAT cop shows on TV mixed in with the macho male ego that gives us our modern day police with attitude?

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  2. Wearing a disguise in the commission of a crime is already an additional charge under the criminal code. This proposed law is a waste of time and money at best, and a tool to promote fear and suppress dissent at worst.
    Why are the “small government” guys all gung-ho for big government and police-statism when it's right-wingers making the proposals?

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  3. Perhaps because some rightwingers are more inclined to totalitarianism and are not really “conservatives” who should be cautiously moderate, interested in preserving important traditions like democracy and free speech.

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