Monday, March 16, 2009

What, No Pointy Sticks?

Canadian Press:

MONTREAL — Vandalism, a series of skirmishes and about 200 arrests marked a tense anti-police brutality demonstration in Montreal on Sunday.

Police said 48 of the people arrested were charged with criminal offences, while about 150 others were charged with alleged violations of municipal laws. Bricks, bottles and food, including bananas, were pelted at police, while protesters also launched fireworks into the sky early in the march.

Knowing what we know about the lethal threat posed by this seemingly innocuous piece of produce, not to mention Canada's relatively lax banana control laws, I'd say the officers involved showed great restraint in responding to this potentially deadly encounter.