KANONHSTATON – It would appear that, unbeknownst to me, I have become both a celebrity and a villain over the past few hours. Although both views are based on perceptions of the same incident at Kanonhstaton (DCE) Saturday afternoon; and although it would be nice to drink in the “atta-boys” from one perception and gorge on the upset of those from the other perspective, in fact, neither viewpoint is correct
KANONHSTATON – It would appear that, unbeknownst to me, I have become both a celebrity and a villain over the past few hours. Although both views are based on perceptions of the same incident at Kanonhstaton (DCE) Saturday afternoon; and although it would be nice to drink in the “atta-boys” from one perception and gorge on the upset of those from the other perspective, in fact, neither viewpoint is correct.
I was at Gary McHale’s circus in Caledonia Saturday afternoon when McHale was stopped from entering Kanonhstaton and got all steamy about an OPP officer whom he accused of breaking the law by not hauling his “perp” away after McHale, in all of his authority, placed them under “citizen’s arrest”. He lodged a formal complaint and insisted the OPP take he and the officer he had also “arrested” to the Cayuga station where he could file a statement. Probably as a way of getting McHale out of the area since by now he was antagonizing people into a rage, the OPP accommodated with a car to take McHale and his “collar” to the Cayuga Station.
It was then that I asked McHale to clarify something for me. “Do you mean to say that you can, as a citizen, actually arrest another Canadian citizen?” I asked. He responded, “Yes. If that person has done anything illegal.” At that, I placed my hand upon his shoulder, as needs to be done in making such an arrest, and I informed the cop closest to me that if that is the case, than I am placing Mr. McHale under my own “citizen’s arrest”. The police at the site asked me what the charge was. I answered that he was “inciting a riot.”
It so happens, that at exactly that moment the OPP car arrived, the door was opened and Mr. McHale got inside and was whisked away, on his own police business. I know now that it probably looked like it was on my “arrest” he was taken away by police. But that is not what happened at all.
I spoke with the officer after McHale left and told him that if he was going to take McHale seriously about his “citizens arrest” routine, I was dead serious about my “arrest” of McHale too.
The officer repeated back to me what I wanted McHale arrested for, I agreed and added other words like intimidation, breach of peace, and maybe a few others. The officer asked again if I wanted to pursue these charges, and I said yes. He then told me that I needed to go to the Cayuga OPP Station and fill out a report, which I left the site to do.
As it so happened, my phone went dead and I could not call anyone, nor receive any messages while I waited in the OPP station for my turn to file my statement.
After around 1-½ hours, or at least it felt that long, I had still not gotten to see anyone, I left to get to my next assignment, the Six Nations Chiefs lacrosse game, deciding I would go back the next day to file my statement against McHale.
Keep in mind, I could not call anyone or be called by anyone all this time and I had no idea what was being perceived out there.
After the Chiefs game, I was greasy haired and smelling like a gym bag from being out in the sun at McHale’s circus all afternoon, so I went home for a well needed shower and finally plugged my phone in to recharge. Another hour later I started to read about my “heroic” deed and had a deep belly laugh, and for me that truly is a deep belly laugh.
Now, I am told that Mr. McHale didn’t think the posts were as funny as I did and started threatening lawsuits, as is his usual way. Well, as funny as I still think the whole thing is, it only goes to show that comedy, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder, and that perception is reality, at least until a new perception weighs in.
So, in recapping, here are the facts.
Yes, I did place Mr. Gary McHale under a “citizen’s arrest,” no different than his own outrageous charges against Six Nations people he antagonizes and prods to the point of rage — you know, like that bratty kid that sat behind you in Grade 6 and poked you in the back with his pencil when the teacher’s back was turned, and played victim when you have finally had enough and turned around.
I verified and confirmed with the attending officer that I was every bit as serious as McHale was and I wanted my “citizen’s arrest” pursued as well. I went to the Cayuga OPP station as instructed I should do and waited for someone to take my statement. I had another assignment to cover so I left, with the intent of returning the next day to complete the paperwork.
So, technically I guess, when people say on various posts that he was “arrested,” they are accurate in the same sense that he “arrested” that OPP sergeant. But on the other hand, since my statement was yet to be filed, McHale is right in saying there were no charges filed against him at this time.
You see? Perception is everything.
So, Mr. McHale, consider the above a clarification and not a retraction and most certainly not an apology.26 comments