I've made some detailed comments in these posts about what happened, just as a person who lives in TO.
Clearly, the police were ordered from their commanders, perhaps sitting in Barrie On, to leave Toronto core with no police. I saw the entire thing happen, as detailed here.
The vandals started at Queen-Spadina, and ran unopposed, with the few police around just watching them, for miles, all along Queen, all along Yonge. According to the Star, that was for 2 hours, 3:30-5:30. The police did nothing.
There was not one cop on Yonge St before, during, or for hours after. I have detailed the facts in those other threads. Later I went from College to Front on Yonge, and did not see ONE single cop until Front. None.
The only police were guys in riot gear, usually marching around where no one was, except puzzled Yuppies looking at them. The police strategy to march Robocop lockstep at 2 miles an hour is probably the most ineffective tactic on planet earth, when there are no vandals or protestors within a mile. Even IF there was a vandal right there, Robocop can only move 2 miles an hour in a slow march. Then all Robocop can do is beat people with sticks. How can slow-motion Robocops even do anything? Answer: They can't, that is why those bb-vandals just ran in circles. A billion dollars buys you the most idiotic police "tactic" that a 14 year old kid could outwit? Are the police commanders that clueless?
So the riot-cop Robocop strategy, has to be the most idiotic strategy to cover a large downtown area. They can't move or do anything. Then they get into vans and race around, get out, suit up, and no one is there. Rinse and repeat. Seriously, its the most idiotic and useless "strategy". It has to have been a deliberate tactic to let the vandals run wild, either that or the police commanders have no idea of how to do their job. They are either totally incompetent, or they planned it to be just like it was.
As far as the burning car, they let it burn forever. I personally went up to a group of riot-police with their hats off, who were one small-block from the burning car. I walked up and said...uh...guys..there is a car burning there for about an hour...it might catch buildings on fire...where is the firetrucks? They just shrugged and said they knew about it.
The entire Queen St area could have been torched by some maniac, and they would apparently let Queen St burn down. So those police records, need to be checked. After the cops didn't care about the burning car, I phoned 911, and said...uh...there is a burning car in the middle of Queen that has been burning for about an hour? She said, oh yeah we know about that, very casual.
So the commander of the entire police system, ordered the police to NOT intervene, and ordered the fire dept to NOT put out the fire, obviously. I also asked the EMS paramedics who were parked in the middle of Queen...what's up with the fire dept? They laughed sarcastically, and said they must be having dinner. The paramedics were not scared of the public, they were there are saw it was just a few idiots acting out.
So yes, the police authorities should be taken to task for outrageous negligence. The Queen St merchants were the victims of the police negligence, as if one insane person torched a building, the block could have gone up, and it appears the police would have forbid the firetrucks to put it out. That entire area of Queen West could have burnt to the ground.
As detailed in my other posts, either the police big-wigs wanted vandalism to happen due to no police in the area for hours (to amplify their budgets), and/or there was some idiot police commander on a computer in Barrie giving the worst police commands one could ever imagine. The riot police on coffee-break one street from the Eternal Burning Car, were ordered to NOT do anything, they were sitting there for a very long time.
But anyone with common sense would have seen the street was chaotic, but if a firetruck or water-cannon came in, people would move. It was basically like a bad-joke out there, it was not Detroit burning. But since the ORDERS were coming from somewhere else, they are responsible. Whoever ORDERED the police and firetrucks to stay away, is responsible for terrible negligence. If an explosion caught those old Queen St bldgs on fire, the street could have been burned down. Did that police commander want Queen St to burn down? The senior police commander who gave those orders for the fire-dept to stay away, should be charged with very serious negligence and dereliction of duty, and sent before a judge.
After seeing almost everything that happened, its one of two conclusions. Either the police wanted to allow vandalism by having ZERO police for hours downtown, then later attacking people with full-force riot squads to spark little riots...or the commander was in Barrie giving orders from a computer screen, with no clue of what was going on in the local area.
Whoever sent those endless lines of Robocop riot police to Queens Park was almost a madman. They could have fought a war with those lines of riot-police. It was overkill by about 20x. As mentioned in my other post, on Monday June 28, there were more people in Queens Park today, and NOTHING happened, as people were not being attacked by lines of riot-cops. Whoever gave that order to assemble like WWIII at Queens Park should also be investigated. He ordered the riot-police to attack attack attack, and sent in the horses, shooting rubber bullets then denying it, etc. The police commander who ordered that attack is either completely incompetent, or wanted to spark more violence.
As I said in another post, they could have ended it, by just holding the line, and trying to communicate with the people there. Let the people cool down a bit. Put John Tesh music on the sound cannon, that would have cleared the park. But the police did the exact opposite. Their commander, some GI-Joe wannabe military general, wanted to attack the Zulus, with 5 lines of defense. It was one of the stupidest things I've seen in my life. What does it accomplish? It triggers the flight-fight response in the crowd, and when the police attack constantly for hours, they are whipping the crowd into a frenzy. They should be calming people down, as much as possible. But the police commander decided to attack and make people more upset, and then they just move to the next area, and start all over. It was beyond idiocy, it was more police incompetence, or the desire to create more problems, or maybe its just testosterone running amok in the police commanders veins?
Queens Park was supposed to be a "free speech zone", and many people there thought they were safe on the grass. The free speech zone was trampled by riot police and horse's hooves and rubber bullets.
Why didn't that incompetent police commander not try to calm things down, and hold the line? Who was he? Was he even there, or was he watching from a TV screen somewhere? Toronto is not Beruit. They could have calmed things down, and just been patient.
I actually had a moment to question a police commander at the police demo Monday night June 28, and his answers were not accurate to the facts, not even close. I asked him why there were no police on Yonge for so many hours, as the few dozens vandals ran around. He said all his officers were "deployed" and that is why Yonge St was left unprotected for hours. Can you believe that, when they had thousands and thousands of them, no where to be seen, behind some fence.
I asked him why it took so long. He said they could not get around. I told him I could walk anywhere in minutes. So that was a lie by the commander, it was easy to get around, there was no traffic, just empty streets.
He actually said I personally should have arrested the vandals, as a citizen. This is the attitude of a head of police security? That is his plan and attitude, let the citizens arrest vandals. He was quite contemptuous, welcome to reality. That is what your senior police commander thinks of the merchants on Yonge St, to defend their stores with baseball bats?
What a joke. They should have moved to contain any vandalism right away, not leave the city core. The only rational conclusion is that they police bosses decided to let the vandals trash downtown for 2 hours, to keep them away from their fence, and to justify their billions.
As N. Klein said tonight, they sent media releases out as the police car was burning, saying that justified their billions spent. The fact is they let it burn forever, so everyone could get a photo of it.
The police also attacked the crowds with full knowledge that the attacks would provoke the crowd further. Obviously, the police big-wigs wanted riots to justify all the billions, so they deliberately provoked the crowds, instead of containment and trying to calm things down.