Toronto officer threatened to arrest G20 protester for blowing bubbles

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He's now known as "Officer Bubbles."
Const. Adam Josephs has gained considerable notoriety after being caught on video threatening to arrest a G20 protester for blowing bubbles.
In a video that's gone viral on the Internet, the officer tells protester Courtney Winkels she will be arrested for assault because she is standing in front of officers blowing bubbles.
The video shows Winkels, orange bubble wand in hand, interacting with Josephs and a female officer.
"You touch me with that bubble you're going into custody," he tells her in the video that was shot June 27.
When Winkels says she doesn't feel respected by Josephs, he replies: "That's terrible. My heart bleeds."
Winkels says she was having a conversation with the female officer when Josephs walked over from about seven metres away - "totally out of range of the bubbles" - to stand in front of her and threaten arrest.
"I was both shocked and confused, but I complied and put the bubbles away," Winkels said.
She was arrested shortly after for an incident unrelated to the bubbles, and has been charged with conspiracy to commit an indictable offence.
A few hundred protesters are expected to blow bubbles en masse at the Ontario legislature on Saturday to show support for a public inquiry into police actions during the G20.
Winkels hopes to attend.

Geographic location: Toronto, Ontario

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  • Anonymous
    August 28, 2012 - 19:51

    Thank you, Harry. So many people think cops are just there to make their lives miserable, and that all they can do is hand out traffic tickets for the wrong reasons. Despite all of the bad stories people have, our officers are good people. They may not be perfect, but they try, just like everyone else.

  • ardra
    July 20, 2010 - 13:03

    if you believe everything in this comments section you would believe anything - I prefer video evidence over the comments section

  • OutForFun
    July 20, 2010 - 13:03

    I HAVE ONLY ONE QUESTION - WHO'S BUBBLES ?

  • sandra
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    if you believe everything on video you would believe anything

  • Fred
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    Looks like Courtney Winkles was seeking her 15 seconds of fame by conveniently having someone video her while she was making a mockery out of the police,with her bubble wand. If there was no Utube she wouldn't have been blowing bubbles. Const Josephs should have taken her bubble wand and stuffed it up her arse. Now the Bubblehead protesters are headed to Queens Park to make a further mockery of the police. Only in Canada.

  • Anon
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    The police deserve to be made a mockery of. I understand that they all take police studies courses and psych courses. Where they get their terrible attitudes and absolute disregard for anyone below the law is beyond me. I have yet to meet a cop treat anyone like anything other than an ignoramous. and officer bubbles is clearly no exception. He doesn't like his job obviously standing up in front of protestors. So he takes it out on them by being disrespectful for lack of a better word that the telegram would allow to be posted.

    Half the problem is every cop that is hired needs a perfect record and so they automatically think they're better than everyone else. Well I got news for you Officer Bubbles, You, The Military, The Government, The UN you all work for us! not the other way around! And when you stop working for us, we protest. And we destroy the symbols of your power that made you rise up to your pedestal, Media, Military posts, Banks, Big Business, Oil and pharamaceutical companies. Look at the targets of the destruction in Toronto.

    Revolution Is Brewing. It's going to be bloody and It's going to be long. But this will be a revolution for resources and a struggle for survival not a war of ideals. Look around you, They're controlling everything, the oil, the gas, the food, the water, the internet, the newspapers, the elections, the world! Open your eyes people, its already too late.

    • SD Redgrave
      SD Redgrave
      April 04, 2013 - 12:37

      The rank and file police were not to blame. Their orders came from way up. The supposed "Black Block" violent protesters were the personal creation of JF and the good old boys of the OPP at that time. This is evident if you watch the video's. Police told to stand down as soon as the "black block" showed up...to maximise the shock factor. After 911 it's not hard to spot a false flag opperation. With 1.3 BILLION dollars spent for the G-20 you can make anything happen . Of course we will never see the breakdown of where that money was spent. Our Constitution means almost nothing anymore which is the biggest shame of all. It it still the only buffer we as civilians have. Let's try to hold onto it as long as humanly possible. It's never too late, we still get to vote

  • Politically Incorrect
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    First they confiscate an amputee's leg as a weapon and now this (well, and a lot more bizarre stuff). Where was this lot when the provocateurs were smashing windows and burning cop cars? Were they told to stand down and let the media have a field day? Couldnt they have used their little water canon? No, they had to go on a violent rampage of their own beating and arresting anyone to try to justify themselves. I don't know what's worse, their abuse of power, their cowardice, the fact they were 'only following orders,' (to use a Nuremburgism) or that people like Sandra are so dim, they blindly accept the most absurd rationalizations into why basic civil rights have become a quaint, but disposable ideal.

  • Harry
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    Anon,
    I get a kick out of people like you. I dread that police have to deal with people like you and that moron with the bubbles. Funny, you don't have aything to say about that woman for getting arrested for another event that took place that day. Oh, and for the record, if a person spits on another person, thats assault. If a person throws a glass of liquid on another person, thats assault. this situation is no different. for someone who talks seems to talk alot, you don't have much to say. Final notes, I have alot of resect for the men and women in blue and so should you. And last but not least, if you hate police so much, next time someone is breaking into your home, call a plumber!!!!
    Too all you plumbers out there, no disrespect, just making a point!