Quote: Originally Posted by Goober
Now here is an officer that embarrassses other officers - Needs more training in dealing with the public
Toronto's 'Officer Bubbles' gains web notoriety - thestar.com
He's now known as “Officer Bubbles.”
YouTube - G20 Policing From Bubbles to Bookings
Courtney Winkels blows bubbles during the G20 summit on June 27, 2010, in front of police officers, including Const. Adam Josephs, who is now known as "Officer Bubbles."
Const. Adam Josephs has gained considerable notoriety after being caught on tape threatening to arrest a G20 protester for blowing bubbles.
Ignoring the fact that a part was cut out between the first incident and the arrest, and assuming nothing else transpired between tapings, then I'd say the officer went too far in arresting her and could have chosen a nicer tone of voice.
That said, the lady was being provocative by blowing bubbles at them and certainly not being too respectful herself. It went both ways, but the lady blowing the bubbles was certainly not totally innocent herself in all of this.
Quote: Originally Posted by CDNBear
Any unwanted or unlawful contact, with any substance, from water to spit, chemicals such as soap to perfume, is assault under the criminal, full stop. If you want the exact sections, let me know, I'll provide them.
If you can't wrap your heads around that, I pity you. The Officer was doing his job, within the bounds of the law.
I do agree he was well within his rights as per the law to arrest her for assaulting a police officer ad no sanctions should be imposed on him for that. At most he could get a talking to about his tone of voice, but that's about it. As for arresting her, he was well within his right to do that.
Quote: Originally Posted by EagleSmack
I just wonder how they would feel wearing the badge and having someone stand right in front of them and start blowing bubbles in their face. The girl knew exactly what she was doing. She wanted to p*** them off and get some good footage for the INet.
Bad coverage for her, because in the end, I can still understand why that officer was angry and with reason. She was being provocative and did not bring positive coverage on herself. And then to mistreat the officers and demand it for herself seemed a little self-centred there. It made her come across as a spoilt brat.
And what exactly was she trying to accomplish? Exercising her right to assault another?
Quote: Originally Posted by lone wolf
Those ten good cops might say something to the effect of: "Miss, will you please stop blowing bubbles for a moment?" ... then go into the growly bear act if she persisted. Respect goes both ways.
Good point. We don't know what transpired before the video. That same officer may very well have asked her very kindly and politely to blow bubbles elsewhere or put the bottle away. If that's the case and she continued, or even chose to approach further, then she was disobeying a lawful command, in which case the tougher tone of voice in the video would have been a respectful way of giving her one last chance while making it clear to her what the consequences will be if she continues. For all we know, she pulled the bottle out a third time, which might have led to the arrest. If that's the case, then the officer in question would have given her plenty of chances and clear warnings.
Quote: Originally Posted by Goober
And he over reacted - They ( All Offiers, Soldiers,Security Staff etc)were all briefed about being videod etc and not to be sucked into something that makes the Police come of as asses - To be watchful for these types of encounters -He blew it - Literally - No pun intended.
Did he feel the female Police Officer was not able to handle bubbles -
To be fair to the officers, some people are more defensive of others than they are of themselves. For example, had the girl been blowing bubbles at him, he might have tolerated it more but seeing her disrespecting his colleague and possibly friend like that made him feel the need to stand up for her, not because she was an officer or a woman, but a friend being disrespected in his presence.
If that's the case, while we can debate whether he'd overreacted in principle, he certainly did not overreact in the eyes of the law. Did he go too far? Maybe. Did the bubble-blower go too far? Absolutely. More responsibility falls on her shoulders for this seeing that she started it.
Quote: Originally Posted by petros
Did any of you notice the cop and the girl made a "contract" in which she screwed herself?
Part of the video is cut outbetween that 'contract' and the arrest. If she did later take out the bottle and blow bubbles at him again, then she was really asking for it.