Something I've wondered, is why police need to wear high visibility vests in situations like this during day time, yet don't need them when working the streets at night, doing regular work, which probably has more risk of being struck by a vehicle. Personally, a better approach might be to have uniforms that are easier to spot without wearing anything on top.
A friendly chat on Stephen Avenue Mall on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. Everyone was enjoying the weather.
Her costume was so authentic that it was the real thing.
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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.
As usual there's a large, and somewhat excessive police presence at the Lilac Festival. I have no complaints about any of the police, who were all quite friendly. I just find it to be an absurd waste of money. Calgary has a silly policy of mandating a certain ratio of police to attendees, which is then billed to the organizers. That's a huge burden. And, it ignores the fact the festival has been totally peaceful throughout its history.
It was a warm day. So, the Calgary Police were out patrolling the Bow River, mainly to look for rafters behaving dangerously.
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.
This was taken on Monday, November 28, 2011 in downtown Calgary. It was the day after the big wind storm on Sunday, and many roads and sidewalks were still closed off while hazards were being cleaned away. I think this is probably the most cops smiling in a single picture of mine. So, that made me use it, even though it's not that sharp of an image.
This is MacLeod Trail in front of City Hall. It was shut down to traffic, and people were asking police for help in determining how to get where they were going (I don't know the content of this specific conversation).
This is a cop controlling traffic on an entry point into to downtown.
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.
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.
PETA volunteers were handing out information on going Vegan. They were also wearing thongs, with "GO VEG" on their butts.
As always the cops were recording the protesters. I didn't see or hear of any arrests.