“Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.”
It’s said that Mao Zedong, the most famous of Justin Trudeau’s dictatorial Chinese idols, first uttered this maxim on August 7, 1927.
I think it was Naheed Nenshi, Calgary’s Masked Mayor, on December 18, 2020.
For the sake of today’s political commentary, I’m going to attribute this quote to Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, for he is ultimately in charge of the Calgary Police Service and its out-of-control power-hungry “affirmative action hires”.
On Thursday, December 17th, one COVID-19 moral busybody phoned Calgary Bylaw Enforcement to report a group of vile young men.
Allegedly violating the Alberta government’s latest social distancing edict by daring to do what young Canadians have done for well over one hundred Canadian winters.
They played hockey on an outdoor ice rink.
When the Bylaw Enforcement Officer was unable to gain compliance from the hockey players, he or she called Calgary Police Services and asked for backup.
That’s when things really fell off the rails.
Two female Calgary Police Service constables arrived and, when one hockey player refused to leave the ice, they completely lost their composure.
In the constables’ defence, the young man refused to identify himself when asked to do so.
“By law, a person is required to identify themselves if they are being issued a ticket, otherwise they can be charged under the Criminal Code for obstructing an officer,” the Calgary Police Service tweeted two days later.
They’re correct, but that doesn’t address the entirety of the situation as it unfolded.
By law, police are required to inform a person why they are being detained, a fact the Calgary Police Service conveniently left out of their Twitter post.
The young man asked the constables one simple question.
“Why do you keep grabbing me?”
Instead of answering him, one of the female constables drew her police-issue Tazer and pointed it at the young man’s chest.
“Get on the ground! Get on the fucking ground RIGHT NOW!! Get on the ground before I fucking Tase you! Right now!”
To the young man’s credit, he remained totally calm through the entire incident despite being physically grabbed, kicked and pushed around by the two women.
Eventually he allowed them to take him to the ground, handcuff him, and drag him away, but not until they cut off his skates, presumably in retaliation for making them both look so stupid in front of a crowd of mere citizens.
“The arrest ended up happening because there was non-compliance,” said CPS Supt. Ryan Ayliffe.
“We will not tolerate people that don’t want to willfully comply.”
Here’s what’s truly terrifying about this incident.
Two police constables lost control of their emotions to the point they assaulted this 21-year-old hockey player when he refused to comply.
One of those constables became so unhinged, so enraged by Wiesblatt’s non-compliance she was willing to Tazer him… over social distancing rules.
What if she didn’t have a Tazer?
Would she be willing to kill this young man for daring to defy her “authority”?
We don’t need to answer this question hypothetically because The Milgram Experiment answered it definitively 57 years ago.
“Ordinary people are likely to follow orders given by an authority figure, even to the extent of killing an innocent human being.”
This constable will eventually reach the decision that killing her non-conforming subject is “required” to gain compliance.
This brings me to Calgary Mayor Nenshi.
“If you see flagrant violations happening, you should phone them in,” Nenshi said the day after the incident.
“There’s no hard, fast rules on how many people may be on a rink … but you’ll know it when you see it,” he said.
Sounds like the definition of pornography given by US Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart back in 1964.
“I’ll know it when I see it.”
Offense is in the eye of the beholder.
Reporting your fellow citizens to government snitch lines is now your duty.
So Saith Calgary’s High Priest of COVID.
Mayor Nenshi is the “authority figure” in the Migram Experiment I mentioned above and these two Calgary Police Service constables are its “ordinary people”.
Their blind obedience to the State means they will do what Nenshi orders them to do “even to the extent of killing an innocent human being.”
Richard Wellesley Staples says
What this incident that escalated in a “predictable way” is two main points: 1) public knowledge of Canada’s Criminal Code; and 2) Police Training In Sociology. The “dynamics” are predictable when it appears BOTH were lacking it does appear subject to confirmation, The Criminal Code stipulates that you do have to identify yourself to a police officer..after that you need to be aware that anything you say or do will be evidence, CALM is needed simply because the Government of Canada has delegated the use of deadly force to Police officers in various forms, A police baton, a taser, a pistol, and/or a heavy blow or kick can kill you. At the inquest “non complance” will be touted as the reason the subject is deceased. The “game” or rather the order of our Civil Society which is REALLY necessary during the Pandemic as thousands of people die each day world wide is CIVILITY on both sides..the Police and Citizens.
Swearing at Citizens to get them to comply or brandishing a taser at them “suggests” that the Police might benefit from either further training in relating to specific groups in our Canadian Civil Society which includes your men playing street hockey as “stress relief” during a world wide pandemic, I spent my life relating to “young people ” in public, high school and post secondary settings for 35 years and I do not recall ever swearing at them to get them to “comply” or brandishing a deadly force weapon to get them to “comply”.
At the “inquest” it will be said that when the young man raised his hockey stick it was seen as a deadly threat if this sort of “Not So Civil Canadian Society ” continues. We are ALL Responsible for our Collective Fate in the Pandemic.
What I tried to teach my own students was “grace under pressure”. together with Knowledge of Your Charter Rights. Knowledge of Canada’s Criminal Code and its hundreds of laws can be understood simply by focussing on key sections one of which is that you do have to identify yourself which you would have to do even in a war zone,,name , rank, and serial number let alone on a street hockey rink. Find out what the offence is a react accordingly.
It is true that “power comes out of the mouth of ANY gun” and we have given the Police OUR collective authority to use FORCE in a wide variety of forms to maintain “Peace Order and Good Government” in our Canadian Society. 100s of years ago there were NO police and when order was threatened there was a call to arms and able bodied men and women took to the streets or perhaps hockey rinks to restore ORDER.
We have delegated our Society’s authority to a select group where the minimum salary for a police constable who risks her or his life 24/7 is $110,000 or more..in a majority of Canadian cities. HOW could we allocate more funding to more extensive training as per the points here?
How indeed could this incident inflamed to quoting Mao have been handled “differently” and much more in a Civil Manner on the Eve of Christmas?
peter bolten says
I’ve never understood why calmly saying “NO” to a police officer is a criminal offense when a nonviolent incident is being questioned by the police… ” obstruction of Justice”. Seems to me and our forgotten lessons of history that the Police have far too many tools in their ammo box.
peter bolten says
And speaking of history with a relevance to 2020 events OIC and ‘social re-engineering C-68’… back about 1588 or so, a ruthless cunning and plotting Japanese Samurai Lord , from humble peasant roots, seeking to consolidate power and ‘unifying all of Japan’ decided to craft unique Legislation known as the Sword Hunt. He instructed his smaller class of Samurai Warriors , essentially the Law, to go out amongst the majority peasants, farmers and rural classes and remove all swords, pikes and spears and bows and kill any all villagers that attempted to hide or evade their items. Heads off!
This was civilian disarmament to pave the way for Hideyoshi’s reign to succeed without any resistance from the population, ironically he was once from this class of peasants himself and went on to impose stiff brutal rule over all others.
Christopher di Armani says
History is replete with examples of petty little jerks willing to enslave their fellow citizens. Canada on the eve of 2021 is no exception.
HI Christopher, First, great article.
Second I thought I might share an anecdote.
A retired friend of mine and I were visiting the other day. This friend is a retired constable from a municipal police force in Alberta. He felt that IF those two female “officers” from the CPS were working for the same small town police chief that he was working for; that there would suddenly be two positions open for hire…..
Being that it’s a larger Canadian city, the union will probably fight to save their 110,000 dollar a year job.
Christopher di Armani says
Thank you Kurt, both for the kind words and the anecdote. I would love to find out who those two constables are and dig into their backgrounds. It wouldn’t surprise me to find similar instances of over-reaction in their past – especially Constable Taser. She was totally unhinged.
These two police officers are a fine example of those that will force us onto the cattle cars for the trip to the re-education/work camps in the future .
If the hockey players had said that they were holding a BLM rally the officers would have knelt in subservience instead .
Phil HEWKIN says
J A CK B O O T is a word that comes to mind here, + brownshirt ! add, authoritarian, totalitarian, Heap on a generous portion of government lap dog, and, garnish with a pinch of douche baggery, That about describes the outcome of the fecal pie recipe as ascribed by NENSHI, and two braindead goomba man-hater women cops against some peaceful aw abiding hockey players. WHO knew scoring with a puck on a pond could ever escalate to such nauseating lows, right here in CANADA. Ultimately, Masks are 98% ineffective at stopping viral spread, and all the lockdown/social distancing has failed to provide protection for our most vulnerable, care home residents. We have NO SAFETY, No RIGHTS, and No Freedom. Merry Christmas. I only hope the Chinese military is not here to launch attack Christmas Eve.
John Doe says
This is disgusting beyond the pale. There is no place for “MAO” or “Pol Pot” in Canada, but present petty power mad officials push it to the extreme. Ever since “qualifications” were thrown out the door, police forces have become infested with sewer mouthed little dictator “power trippers” as described in your article.
Don Sutherland says
Yes, “those whom don’t know the history are destined to repeat it.” I currently don’t remember who stated that fact first, but it is very true. In response to the item of the OIC – they (the government and gun ban panduits) generally like to believe that there is no place in the Canadian Society for the average citizen to possess these item, but they also don’t know the contents of the Federal Militia Act of 1868, which required the “Average Canadian Citizen” was a “paper soldier” and hence was required to know how to shoot. Thus was the Act in which the Queens medal awarding for best shot was derived and still is in affect today.
Austin Gilbert says
It would appear that there is fault on both sides which could have been partially overcome if the young man and the officers had used some common sense.
The police have a job to do, I do not always agree with how they do it but sometimes we have to question
our fellow citizens on how they react.
And we are in the middle of a pandemic which by itself we should know, even if we don’t agree with, that certain rules/regulations have been formulated for public safety.
If Mao Zedong is in fact Trudeau’s favourite Chinese dictator, it gives validity to the gun prohibition through OIC. “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” Therefore an armed, Freedom and Liberty defending people are a threat to Trudeau’s/UN agenda.
Michael Ackermann says
The High River Gun Grab was their test case.
In that disgusting debacle, the government of Canada learned that it can abuse the citizenry with impunity.
Christopher di Armani says
Don’t forget the Slave Lake Fire a few years prior to High River, Mike. They pulled the same crap there first. Call it a trial balloon for High River’s assault on property rights.
James Abbott says
I’ve watched this occurrence a few times and as usual our state controlled media(tongue-in-cheek) pick a narrative that will sell electronic air space. There’s always a backstory and that’s what we aren’t seeing. In no way do I condone what happened on either side. Having worked in the field and now retired it would appear that you have 2 officers who are not confident in their role as police officers. From the other side you have what I referred to as a “no” person. He does not want to comply as he is even ignoring his mates requests to just leave. When this occurs you have a positive and knowing state of mind and you are provoking the situation.
Everyday we get into situations that are escalated to levels that have a life of their own and in the calm of time and a moment of reflection we think of how we’d have done it differently. I am very sure that these young ladies would do things differently if they had it to do over again. The flip side is that as has been mentioned is that this young man could have found himself on the receiving end of deadly force.
The use of foul language is a red herring, in some ways because I know people who can’t say hello without using a 4 letter word and then in turn condem those in power that use it. Weird paradox. We all have responsibilities to be good citizens, not in a zombie like way but to be productive, cooperative and helpful. I don’t find references to communist ideals helpful and they have the effect of inflaming societal attitudes in a not so helpful way. This whole pandemic situation has brought out the best and worst in our collective humanity. We have to reflect on how we will respond and will we like the outcome of our decisions. And yes, I had a boss that would have strong feelings about my behaviour if it were me in the video. Believe half of what you see and none of what you hear. Thanks for the forum. Have a great day.
Christopher di Armani says
Well said, James. Thank you.