I have to admit that when one of our faithful listeners by the name offorwarded the link for the following CBC video in which officers “gun down” rogue , my thoughts immediately turned to the famed cartoonist and his depiction of gone wild. You remember, the single frame image of cows driving a tractor into the farmer’s barn?
However, and perhaps reflective of the ignorance of a true city boy, this lighter view of what was a serious situation quickly gave way to an understanding of just how incendiary stories such as these can become in a relatively short time.
Within 24 hours of being posted tothe video, which I have to warn you may be graphically upsetting to some, has been viewed more than 32,000 times (and counting). Update . . . the video has now been viewed more than 288,000 times in less than a week.
This raises a number of questions from both an actual incident standpoint (re was the police response appropriate, how did the cows get loose and should the farmer be held liable), as well as understanding the impact and influence of social media. Specifically, and similar to last year’s video in which aofficer is shown punching an unruly female jaywalker, does the ease at which everyday life events are catapulted into our through the help or hinder our understanding of an event?
On the next segment of BTW! we will tackle these as well as other questions surrounding the Gatineau story head on.
In the meantime, take our BTW! Poll and weigh in with your vote as to whether the police response was appropriate?
NOTE: Remember to tune into our October 7th segment with famed criminal profile Pat Brown (Nancy Grace, Dr. Drew) discussing the Gatineau abductor case, and our October 14th segment with former CFL pros including Trevor Kennerd discussing life after pro sports.