It's hard not to admire Lesley J. Wood. She is an associate professor of sociology at York University, an activist in the anti-poverty and global justice movements and a thoughtful writer.
For instance, instead of dismissing the sometimes brutal behaviours of enforcement officers during the G20 summit with an aggrieved insult or a rude gesture and letting it go at that, she put herself in their shoes, imagining herself "a police commander whose job and legitimacy depended on effectively maintaining the status quo."
Why? Wood wanted to get beyond simplistic explanations that posit police as demons in order to build the capacity of movements and resist state repression and corporate domination.