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(VIDEO) Edmonton Police Officer Hit By Car & Stabbed in Suspected ISIS Terrorist Attack

In Archive, Canada, ISIS, Terrorism on October 1, 2017 at 5:28 PM

10/01/2017

Global:

A terrorism investigation is underway in Edmonton, where a police officer was stabbed and four pedestrians struck down by a fleeing U-Haul truck Saturday night.

A 30-year-old Edmonton man is in custody and police think he acted alone, but they aren’t ruling out the potential for others to be involved.

“We are urging Edmontonians to be vigilant and aware of their surroundings,” Edmonton Police Service (EPS) Chief Rod Knecht said in a 3 a.m. news conference on the attacks.

The chaos began down the street from Commonwealth Stadium, where the Edmonton Eskimos were hosting the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Canadian Forces Appreciation Night. Over 30,000 people were at the game.

Police said at around 8:15 p.m., a car rammed a traffic checkpoint on Stadium Road near 92 Street, striking an officer and sending him flying into the air.

“Suddenly and without notice and at a high rate of speed, a male driving a white, Chevrolet Malibu crashed through the traffic barricades that were separating vehicles from pedestrians, the vehicle struck the officer, sending him flying into the air 15 feet before colliding with the officer’s cruiser, again at a high rate of speed,” Knecht explained.

A source has confirmed to Global News the police officer injured in the attack is Const. Mike Chernyk. On Sunday, an EPS source also confirmed Chernyk had been released from hospital.

Knecht said there was an ISIS flag in the car.

Knecht said a man, believed to be 30 years old, then jumped out of his car and “viciously attacked” the Edmonton Police Service member with a knife. “A struggle then ensued, during which the male suspect stabbed the officer several times before fleeing the scene on foot northbound down 92nd Street.”

The officer was taken to hospital and treated for non life-threatening injuries while a manhunt was launched.

Police say it was just before midnight when a U-Haul truck was pulled over at a checkstop on Wayne Gretzky Drive near 112 Avenue. Knecht said the officer realized the driver’s name was similar to that of the Malibu’s registered owner, and the U-Haul truck took off, pursued by police towards downtown Edmonton.

“Throughout the chase, the truck deliberately tried to hit pedestrians in crosswalks and alleys in two areas along Jasper Avenue.”

One witness said the U-Haul came speeding down 109th Street and careened east into the alley next to a bar, hitting two people.

And at 107 Street and Jasper Avenue, someone else was seen being loaded into an ambulance. In total, four people were injured and taken to hospital.

The U-Haul ended up on its side on 100 Avenue, near 107 Street, near The Matrix hotel.

“The driver was apprehended and taken into police custody,” Knecht said. “It is believed at this time that these two incidents are related.”

“These incidents are being investigated as acts of terrorism,” Knecht explained.

Edmonton police, the RCMP Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET) and its Canadian Public Security Agencies are investigating the incidents as acts of terrorism under Section 83.2 of the Criminal Code of Canada.

“We believe the individual acted alone, but we’re not ruling out that there may be others.”

Police said there was no warning of the event. The name of the man arrested has not been released.

CBC:

Terrorism-related charges are pending against a man accused of stabbing a police officer and deliberately plowing a cube van into pedestrians in Edmonton on Saturday night, the RCMP says.

The suspect was known to both RCMP and police, RCMP K Division Assistant Commissioner Marlin Degrand told a news conference at Edmonton RCMP headquarters on Sunday afternoon. The man is a Somali refugee.

In 2015, after a complaint was made to Edmonton police that the man was displaying signs of extremism, members of the Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET) launched an investigation, Degrand said.

The suspect was interviewed by members of INSET, but there was “insufficient evidence” to make an arrest and the suspect was deemed “not a threat,” Degrand said.

Abdulahi Hasan Sharif is the man accused in the attacks, multiple sources have told CBC News.

Degrand said the suspect has yet to be charged but is under arrest for offences including participation in a terrorist attack, commission of an offence for a terrorist group, five counts of attempted murder, dangerous driving, criminal flight causing bodily harm, and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

Google ordered to pay a woman $2,250 for Street View image showing cleavage

In Archive, Canada, Google on October 31, 2014 at 7:29 AM

via 4thAnon

Although her face was blurred out, image had “part of her breast exposed.”

by Megan Geuss arstechnica

Earlier this month, a Quebecois court in Montreal decided that Google owed a woman $2,250 for picturing her with “part of her breast exposed” in a Street View image. The woman was sitting in front of her house, and although her face was blurred out, she was still identifiable by her coworkers, especially as her car was parked in the driveway without the license plate blurred out.

As GigaOm writes, “Maria Pia Grillo suffered shock and embarrassment when she looked up her house using Google Maps’ Street View feature in 2009 and discovered an image that shows her leaning forward and exposing cleavage.” Grillo complained to Canadian authorites and Google, but when she had no response from Google after several weeks, she wrote a letter to the company saying:

I have informed myself as to my rights concerning this situation through the office of the privacy commissionars of Canada. Under the law my lisence plate should not appear. Moreover, from a safety and security standpoint, the information shown constitutes a total violation. This puts me, my house, my vehicule and my family members that I live with at the mercy of potential predators. I feel very vulnerable knowing that the information is available to anyone with internet access. The damage has been done.

Google never responded—it later told the court that it never received the letter and could not find it in a search. Grillo filed a complaint in 2011 asking Google to blur out more of the image, including most of her body and her license plate. She also asked that Google pay her CAD $45,000 for the depression she suffered when her coworkers “at a well-known bank” found the image and mocked her for it. According to Canadian tabloid Journal de Montreal, Grillo eventually quit her job.

Google agreed to blur out the photo when the lawsuit was filed, but it refused to pay Grillo compensation on the grounds that she was in a public place when the photo was taken, and that Google was not responsible for any emotional harm Grillo may have incurred. Grillo later agreed to reduce her claims to CAD $7,000.

The presiding judge only awarded Grillo a portion of that, but he did decide that some monetary compensation was appropriate. “In addition to malicious comments and humiliation she suffered at work, the plaintiff, in particular, has experienced a significant loss of personal modesty and dignity, two values that she held and are eminently respectable,” the judge wrote in his ruling.

”Mme. Grillo explains that the house where she lives is in a residential neighborhood that isn’t too busy, a ‘private area,’ as she describes it,” the judge’s ruling read.

Still, the judge said that Google was not responsible for the malicious comments made to Grillo, but he did rule that “people do not forfeit their privacy rights simply by being in a location others can see them,” according to GigaOm.

Google declined to comment for this story.

Sapphire: Galactic Traffic Cop

In Canada, News, Science & Technology on February 26, 2013 at 2:46 AM

 

02/25/2013

Canada has sent a satellite into space to take on a critical mission, play traffic cop among the junk-filled asteroid superhighway above the Earth.

The Sapphire satellite is the Canadian Department of National Defence’s first dedicated operational military satellite. The space vehicle is about the size of a dishwasher that will act as an orbiting air traffic controller.

Sapphire was built for the Canadian Forces by MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates. It will be able to monitor every object bigger than 10 centimetres across that is circling the earth.

There was a total of 7 satellites on board the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, which blasted off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre on the island of Sriharikota, off India’s east coast near Chennai,

Also on board the rocket were:

  • The Canadian Space Agency’s suitcase-sized NEOSsat satellite, which will look for asteroids and track satellites and space debris.
  • Two lunch-box sized BRITE satellites, developed as an international project funded mainly by Austria, but drawing heavily on Canadian technological expertise. They are equipped with the smallest astronomical telescope ever built, which is designed to study some of the brightest stars in the sky.
  • The SARAL satellite, a joint French-Indian mission designed to study ocean circulation and sea surface elevation.
  • A three-kilogram Danish satellite that will test the feasibility of receiving identification signals from ships in the Arctic.
  • A 6.5-kilogram satellite from the U.K. designed to test mobile phone electronics in space.

Violent Police Arrest Surveillance Video Released in Quebec Court

In Canada, News, Other Leaks, Police Brutality on February 24, 2013 at 8:47 AM

 

 

02/23/2013

Video footage showing the forceful arrest of a man suspected of robbery in Trois-Rivières, Que., has been released.

The clip, captured by a surveillance video, shows 19-year-old Alexis Vadeboncoeur lying face down in the snow, with his arms outstretched as four Trois-Rivières municipal police officers approach.

It shows him being kicked and punched by officers as he lies on the ground, surrendering.

According to Vadeboncoeur’s lawyer, René Duval, his client posed no threat to police before the altercation.

Duval said Vadeboncoeur yelled “I’m 19, I have no criminal record. This is a fake gun and I’m surrendering,” before police got to him.

Alexis Vadeboncoeur

Duval, said his client sustained several injuries during the altercation.

“What the video doesn’t show is all the bruises that he suffered at the hands of police, especially in his testicles. Because he was repeatedly kicked in his testicles,” he said.

The footage was released on Thursday following Vadeboncoeur’s bail hearing at the Trois-Rivières courthouse .

The incident began when police were called to a suspected robbery at a pharmacy on Des Récollets Boulevard on Feb. 2.

They chased a suspect, who was hooded and armed, to a parking lot near the Trois-Rivières Cégep, where the surveillance footage was captured.

Vadeboncoeur can be seen tossing his firearm away from him as he surrenders and lies down on his stomach in the parking lot.

In their police report, officers said the teen had broken into a business. They reported they had to use force because their lives were in danger.

Quebec provincial police Sgt. Gregory Gomez del Prado said the force’s internal affairs division is investigating.

Vadeboncoeur will remain behind bars until his bail hearing resumes in March.

Canada’s Bill C-55 – Warrantless Wiretapping in Emergencies

In Big Brother, Canada, News, OpBigBrother, Other Leaks, Science & Technology on February 12, 2013 at 1:52 AM

02/11/2013

Overshadowed by news that the Canadian government had abandoned the “Internet Snooping” Bill C-30, was the first announcement Federal Justice Minister Rob Nicholson made today. The  introduction of a bill to update provisions that would allow for warrantless phone tapping in emergencies.

Canadian law allows police to wiretap without authorization from a court when there is the risk of imminent harm, such as a kidnapping or bomb threat, but the Supreme Court last year struck down the law and gave Parliament 12 months to rewrite another one.

The new bill, C-55, would give peace officers the right to secretly intercept private communications without a warrant in relatively rare, urgent situations. Someone whose communications had been intercepted in situations of imminent harm would have to be notified by police within 90 days.

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