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.
This picture is a little misleading by showing the officer seeming to relax, since, along with many others, he had a difficult and challenging job of managing a lot of frustrated motorists along the parade route. Unfortunately parade organizers and the City have done a really terrible job in managing this event for years.
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.
A police officer stands by one of two cars in an apparent accident, probably one of many this day. He was also controlling the intersection, to keep people from going into the downtown from the beltline.
This shot wasn't really about the event. I just thought he had a bit of a "western sheriff" look to 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.
One of the bylaw officers controlling traffic along the route.
This is a neo-Nazi who had just told photographers that he would bust the camera of anybody who took his picture. Naturally, photographers took his picture anyhow, and he tried knocking a camera out of one's hands (not me). According to news reports, he is accused of hitting a photographer with a skateboard. I don't remember seeing that (just him going for the guy), but was intentionally staying back, and missed some significant details (looking through a long lens limits what you see). The police promptly detained him. He kept on acting tough and threatening, seemingly trying to go for photogs, even when being taken away. On this matter, the cops did a great job. They only interfered with criminals.
warning: low quality photo above and poltical rant below
Opponents of the Canadian Seal Hunt used the torch cermony as a way of getting attention for their cause. Unlike the "Olympic Resistance Network", they are not opposed to Olympics per se. It's mainly a means of garnering public attention. I would take a wid guess they had around 20 people when I was there.
This is part of what I recovered of the pictures that the Calgary Police Service (working with a private security company) forced me to "delete". Unfortunately, I seem to have permanently lost most of the image data (both missing whole images and most data in the two that survived). In a weird quirk, my camera's habit of frequently "freezing" and corrupting images, is what might have saved this image. My camera can't display corrupted images like this (I cropped out the bad part), so this appeared all black, during the review for images to be deleted. The good images, seem to be unrecoverable.
This is part of what I recovered of the pictures that the Calgary Police Service (working with a private security company) forced me to "delete". Unfortunately, I seem to have permanently lost most of the image data (both missing whole images and most data in the two that survived). In a weird quirk, my camera's habit of frequently "freezing" and corrupting images, is what might have saved this image. My camera can't display corrupted images like this, so this appeared all black, during the review by the security guard. Previous to that, the cop who took my camera basically gave up on it, since the main display is dead, and he couldn't figure it out, leaving to the undereducated security guard. The good images, seem to be unrecoverable.
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.
The Calgary Police had a substantial presence. They mainly watched and took lots of pictures. There were a few arrests, but not many, and relations between police and demonstrators remained civil throughout.
These are bylaw officers monitoring the crowd.
Calgary Sun reporter Katie Schneider tries asking the bylaw officers whether they're allowing the pillow fight or not. They were less than clear about what the rules are.
Protesters gathered outside the Telus Convention Centre in downtown Calgary on March 17, 2009 to protest a speach by George W. Bush inside. They were calling for Bush to be tried for war crimes and objected to his presence in Canada. The officers wee part of a large presence.
A member of the Mounted Unit of the Calgary Police Service.