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  July 10, 2010

"Officer Bubbles": From Bubbles to Bookings?

TRNN videographer Nazrul Islam captures unpleasant confrontation over bubbles during police operation
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After police detain and arrest a group of people opposed to the G20 outside their convergence space, supporters and neighbors gather around. One woman is blowing bubbles when she is confronted by a Toronto police officer. He threatens to arrest her if she doesn't stop the bubbles, she stops, then moments later is arrested and sent to the detention center as part of a rapid 'kettling' operation.

See link at top of page for the full story on that day's events in Parkdale.

Shot by Nazrul Islam and produced by Jesse Freeston.


POLICE OFFICER: You like bubbles.

DEMONSTRATOR: I do. I think it makes people smile.

POLICE OFFICER: What's your name?

DEMONSTRATOR: My name is a mystery.


DEMONSTRATOR: No, I have nothing to hide.

POLICE OFFICER: If the bubble touches me, you're going to be arrested for assault. Do you understand me?


POLICE OFFICER: Yes, that's right. It's a deliberate act on your behalf and I'm going to arrest you. Do you understand me?

DEMONSTRATOR: I understand you.

POLICE OFFICER: Right. You're going to be in handcuffs. Alright? You either knock it off with the bubbles�you touch me with that bubble, you're going into custody. Right?

DEMONSTRATOR: I'm putting it away.

POLICE OFFICER: Right. Thank you.

DEMONSTRATOR: But I would also like to know�.

POLICE OFFICER: If you want to bait the police, blow that on me or that other officer, and it gets in her eyes�it's a detergent�you will be going into custody.

DEMONSTRATOR: I understand that.

POLICE OFFICER: Do we understand each other?

DEMONSTRATOR: I do. [inaudible]

POLICE OFFICER: Then put it away.

DEMONSTRATOR: I am doing that at this moment. I would really appreciate it�

POLICE OFFICER: The discussion's over.

DEMONSTRATOR: �if you could treat me with a bit of respect.

POLICE OFFICER: I just did. I just did.


POLICE OFFICER: You got what you deserved: you got my respect. Right?

DEMONSTRATOR: I don't feel very respected. I'm just�

POLICE OFFICER: That's terrible. That's terrible.

DEMONSTRATOR: �trying to keep people happy.

POLICE OFFICER: My heart bleeds.


POLICE OFFICER: Right. Put it away. Right? Knock it off.

(OFF CAMERA): For $1 billion I could have gotten someone with a better attitude.

POLICE OFFICER: Yeah, okay. Thanks.

(OFF CAMERA): Yeah, that's right.

WITNESS: She hasn't done anything, and you can talk to her in a very polite way.

POLICE OFFICER: I was. I was [inaudible] professional.

WITNESS: Excuse me?


TEXT ON SCREEN: Moments later...

[demonstrator is arrested]

TEXT ON SCREEN: Moments later...

POLICE OFFICER: Can you come here? This one here can go. The one in the blue can go over here.

[demonstrator boards a police van]

End of Transcript

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