Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Letter: Putting the right context to Sea Lots protests

Since Sunday I have been hearing people complaining and lambasting the Police for the use of rubber bullets and tear gas after the fateful accident in Sea Lots. After being part of the defence force for years I must bring to the attention of the public that sometimes these extreme measures are necessary when the crowd rages out of control.

The use of these non-lethal was fully warranted as the residents attempted to infiltrate and contaminate the scene of the accident where the police were trying to get their job done. 

Instructions directed were not heeded and the residents resorted to profanities and hurling huge rocks at the officers on the scene. The police had no choice but to resort to firing shots in the air, using rubber bullets and tear gas to calm and keep the crowd away from the scene of the accident.

Now, they have turned the story around to make it look as though the police are the bad ones but what do you expect from that sort of crass behaviour? 

It is absolutely ridiculous and conniving for these residents to turn this sensitive and heart wrenching situation into a totally new situation. This is another unfortunate accident that the nation’s roads have witnessed once again, we have seen so much for the year but none of them were amplified like this one.

Much attention should not be given to these people and we should allow the police to go through with their investigations then we will take it from there. The protest actions are just mere fog detaching us from the real issue which is the rise in road fatalities in this country. Our drivers are becoming more reckless! How many more innocent lives like those in Sea Lots are to be lost?

My condolences go out to the family. May God walk with you in these troubled times.

Charles Figaro | Arouca

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Our family at home in Toronto 2008

Our family at home in Toronto 2008
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