George Horton Sentenced to ten months while police attack activists in courtroom!!!

28 Sep

While the judge sentencing George Horton was describing protestors at the G20 as hooligans, the courtroom gallery witnessed some hooliganism in the courthouse as Det. Giroux attacked and threw against the wall an observer in the court gallery, and instructed officers to remove other activists from the courtroom.

Horton, photographer, artist and activist was sentenced to ten months in jail for responding to police violence against protestors at the g20 with fierce resistance and defiance.

While the court took into account the testimony of an officer who stated that they were “terrified”, the court did not take into account the fear that the victims of police violence felt, nor the fact that the police was used as a paramilitary force to attack and criminalize dissent.

If the police will be used as a political tool to promote and inflict violence on dissident they should not be surprised when there violence is met with violence from the people under attack.

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2 Responses to “George Horton Sentenced to ten months while police attack activists in courtroom!!!”

  1. doug September 29, 2012 at 4:26 am #

    Whats the matter Julian,don’t you want people to know the TRUTH ?Again you are showing your cowardly colors by trying to hide the REAL story.

    TORONTO – Shame on these smelly, anarchist misfits who flood a courtroom only to behave once again like the hooligans they revealed themselves to be on that infamous G20 weekend two years ago.

    This time, about 20 of them came to the Old City Hall court to snicker and swear in support of one of their own, Peterborough photographer George Horton, he of matted dreadlocks and smug smile, who was being sentenced for trying to kick in a police cruiser, as well as damaging a CBC van, another police car and a Tim Hortons store.

    The 24-year-old, who gets by on social assistance, was handed 10 months in jail by Ontario Court Justice Beverly Brown, but not before chaos briefly interrupted the proceedings and the stern judge delivered a wonderful, scathing indictment of the Black Bloc destruction on June 26, 2010.

    “It was an affront to our sense of democracy and free speech to see a peaceful demonstration transformed into a rampage through downtown Toronto. It is an image we will not soon forget,” she said. “This will not be condoned in Canada and people who choose to act in this fashion will be punished,”

    Masked by a white bandanna, Horton joined a mob of anarchist “hooligans” who broke off from the peaceful march. Cruiser 766 was the first object of his wrath.

    “He was on a mission. This was not an isolated act,” the judge said. “He only went after the victim because he was a police officer wearing a police uniform.”

    It was just before 3:30 p.m. and Staff Sgt. Graham Queen was positioned at the rear of what had been a peaceful protest. Smoke started billowing from inside the crowd and a mass of people suddenly turned and began moving toward his car.

    One masked vandal began jumping on the windshield while another smashed in the rear driver’s side window and managed to whack Queen over the head. Horton then moved in toward the driver’s side of the cruiser and delivered two unsuccessful kicks on the door. “The officer was vulnerable, alone and trapped in his cruiser,” Brown said.

    “The situation was really getting out of control and I had no avenue of escape,” admitted the veteran cop outside the courtroom.

    In his victim impact statement, he said in only the second time in his 22-year career that he’s placed an “officer in distress” radio call. “I was disoriented and felt another blow would render me unconscious,” he recalled. “I believed I could be killed if these males were able to get me out of the vehicle.”

    The judge praised Queen for remaining on duty rather than risk hurting others while trying to drive away.

    “It is clear to me that this had a traumatic impact upon him,” she said, as Horton’s supporters began to snicker. “People cannot attack a cruiser with a vulnerable officer inside in an attempt to intimidate the police from carrying out their duties.”

    But that intimidation continued right into the courtroom.

    As Queen sat in plainclothes in the court gallery, several of Horton’s friends positioned themselves behind the staff sergeant and began to whisper insults. When asked to be quiet, they began swearing and giving him the finger. He motioned to court officers and a scuffle ensued as they were forcibly removed.

    While the judge tried to re-establish order, several others joined in the fracas, shouting “F— yourself, f— the whole court system” and “there’s no such thing as justice.”

    Wonderfully unperturbed at the insults and obscenities hurled her way, Brown threatened to throw out anyone else who interrupted her and then continued with her sentencing.

    But lucky for Horton, this tough-talking judge also knew how to show mercy. She refused to sentence Horton to the 18 months in jail requested by the Crown or to a three-year ban on attending any protests. Instead, it was a 10-month sentence and two years probation during which he can demonstrate all he wants — as long as he doesn’t wear a disguise or carry any projectile.

    To raucous cheers and applause, their smiling hero was then handcuffed and led away. And the judge? How sad that she had to ask for a police escort back to her office.

    • julian ichim September 29, 2012 at 5:05 am #

      its cool for police to beat brutalize and criminalize us, but when people act in kind they are the criminals? how dare she talk of free speech when im charged intibally for writing a blog? how dare you talk about rights and justice when u agree? the funny thing is while she was talking about hooliganism it was the cops who threw someone against the wall and interrupted court procedure!!!!So much for justice freedom etc.

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