What happened to respect for the authorities? When did the public support swing against the police in the GTA?
A good example of this lack of respect was on display last weekend at Yonge-Dundas Square, during Nuit Blanche.
Global News tells us HERE that Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders is calling for an open discussion on appropriate public behaviour after violence and disorder broke out at the Nuit Blanche all-night arts event over the weekend.
“We saw young people, many under the influence of alcohol or drugs, become aggressive and threatening,” said Saunders during a press conference Wednesday morning. “People in the crowd started throwing bottles and other objects at police officers.”
“By far the most concerning issue was highlighted by video from the event showing the crowd’s reaction.”
Yonge-Dundas Square was engrossed with public intoxication on Saturday and into the early morning hours of Sunday as police dealt with a number of violent incidents including vandalism, a gun call, a stabbing and a slashing.
Based on Saturday’s outburst, should be worried that something similar will happen again Thursday or Friday of this week, what with the Blue Jays fighting for a long-awaited chance at the World Series?
How did we get to this point, where Canadian youth feel justified in verbally and physically assaulting police officers?