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On July 4, 2012 I was taking some photos with my cell phone at a fashion show on Stephen Avenue in downtown Calgary, Alberta. Sadly, I left my DSLR at home. After I gave up (due to a low quality camera, and too crowded to get clear shots), I met a couple people who are clearly in the wrong profession.
One of the protesters was arrested by police. The crowd followed them, until they got near the police station, and at a "sidewalk closed" sign (due to construction). People were told to stay back. I couldn't shoot the protesters from in front of them, but I noticed I got a shot of front of the protesters in the police officer's sunglasses, which I thought was neat.
While at the Harry Hays Building (federal government offices) protesters were told to stay off the plaza area, because it was "private property". The person seen her being taken by police came back there at the end of the protest, and was arrested. However, I don't have the details of what if anything he was charged with. I think I heard him say they said there was a warrant on him.
I visited Downtown Calgary on Saturday, October 15, 2011 to get some pictures of the "Occupy Calgary" gathering which is part of the movement that started with "Occupy Wall Street". I was happy to find that on the same day there was a Zombie Walk that was also downtown. So, I got some pics from both. From all I saw, both events were pretty peaceful. The Zombies won't be back till next year. The Occupy Calgary are trying to maintain an ongoing action, with some protesters camped out on St. Patrick's Island.
As usual the police were taking photographs of everyone attending the protest. There's a list of causes, that if you are associated with, they will maintain a database on you. They'll release a bit to people who file a Freedom of Information and Privacy Request. But, most of what they collect, which is mainly innocent people, they won't disclose. They'll then share this with police agencies inside and outside Canada.
This is a picture the police took at an event I was photographing. I recently filed a FOIP (Freedom Of Information and Privacy) Request to find out what information the Calgary Police Service have on me, mainly related to a case of brutality which I shot pictures of, which they destroyed, as part of a coverup in July 2009.
note: Initially the face of the self-declared "undercover" cop (2nd from right) was pixilated. But, since then, I have revealed it, as I believe there is a serious threat to public safety from people who say they're police, fail to provide any ID, and who engage in secret/undocumented detentions.
I happened by this scene by North Hill Centre on 14 Avenue NW. Off camera there's more police presence, suspects being detained, and also mall security nearby.