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‘Officer Bubbles’ files $1.2 million lawsuit against YouTube

Brings into question the anonymity of online commentators


 

Known as “Officer Bubbles,” Toronto Police Constable Adam Josephs—who earned the nickname after a video was posted on YouTube that showed him threateing a G20 protester blowing bubbles at him—has filed a $1.2-million lawsuit against video sharing site. Josephs is seeking $1.2 million in damages, and the identity of the user who posted cartoons in reaction to the original viral video, as well as those of 24 other commentators who he says defamed him. The cartoon versions of the original footage depicts a policeman wearing a name badge reading “A. Josephs” going on an arresting spree, targeting Santa Claus and U.S. President Barack Obama, among others. If the cartoon was intended to criticize overzealous police force during the G20 this summer, this lawsuit may illuminate what some see as abuse of anonymity granted to online commentators.

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‘Officer Bubbles’ files $1.2 million lawsuit against YouTube

  1. A. Josephs HAS NO CHANCE IN HELL. I say, bring it. If the TPS has any brains, fire this bully immediately. OR SHUT HIM THE F*CK UP!

  2. It may be time for his superior officer to have a talk with him.

    • Yeah they've probably had lengthly discussions as to how much paid time-off he'll need for his case…

    • And who would that be? Officer Balloon?

  3. I watched Office Bubbles on television. I witnessed the callous and threatening manner he displayed toward that innocent young lady. Officer Bubbles is a disgrace to the uniform. He is a bully, a whiner and he should be terminated immediately. We don't need human refuse like that in the TPS. Man-up Wanker Bubbles…resign and be gone.

    • Innocent young lady???? She was S**T disturber…not innocent at all. You forget that she did get arrested and not by Adam and not for blowing bubbles. And that end of the doctored clip…she looked very pleased with herself while being in handcuffs and getting into the police van. I think Adam showed alot of restraint towards the situation…more than what most people would have given the circumstances. He has 20 years of impeccable service and not to mention that he did absolutely nothing wrong in the video so there's no reason for him to be terminated. If anything, he's still out there doing his job. You guys insulting him are the real bullies as are the cowards that are sending him death threats. Leave the guy alone…he was doing his job in a very tense and volatile environment. he doesn't deserve any of this backlash.

      • I can not believe that you saw that woman as a S##t disturber. Did she throw insults at him? NO did she say anything other than not to give her name? NO I can not believe that anybody could be so dumb that they think it is alright ffor the police to arrest anybody for nothing other that exercising her rights as a free person who live in a (so called) democracy!  

  4. Police don't have a right to anonymity when wearing a "uniform" in service to the citizenry!
    He got what he deserves!
    He abused his authority, the individual abused their "anonyimity" and should be called to task, and perhaps be fined.
    That being said, the issue of overt or covert is something that should be respected, the officer in the process of "serving the public" abused his overt OBLIGATION as is so often the case with cops.
    His detractors gave him his come upins!
    Had he comported himself in the first place properly no defamation could have been acrued, particularly since no manipulation or deception in the process of filming was suggested.

    • whats with the big words haaa

      • He had a sufficiency of clear writing so was eschewing the simple…..

    • I think I agree with Avrohom. But Im still looking up definitions. Two thumbs up for the grammar and usage. A+++++++ In all seriousness, he shouldnt be wearing a badge. Too much of this crap is happening and we are allowing individuals to get away with it. Time to start ridding America of this abuse of power and display of ignorance.

  5. Prior to launching his lawsuit, he was going after 24 commentors, that he believes defamed him. Now that this story, will be carried in most national newspapers, expect that list to grow to thousands, as others comment on Officer Bubbles, aka Adam Josephs.

  6. Officer Bubbles would probably be happy just to get the names and addresses of the posters so he could, uh…, go talk to them.

  7. An obvious misuse of the power with the uniform. Ridiculous! assault charge if bubbles touch me?

  8. It is officers like Mr. Bubbles that give good officers a bad name. And, unfortunately for Officers Bubbles, this lawsuit is simply going to make things worse for him.

    • It's officers like the ones that drive native children to the outskirts of prairie cities in the middle of winter that give officers a bad name. This guy just makes them look like dumb pompous oafs.

  9. "Brings into question the anonymity of online commentators"

    On the plus side, it might reduce the number of comments on a mark Steyn thread…

  10. If he thinks this won't make things worse for him, he's living in a bubble.

    • Methinks his bubble is about to burst….

  11. This guy has got to go in my opinion. Hes one of those law enforcement officers who became a cop to demand respect and strike fear into the heart of the common citizen for they're own sick amusement. He should be fired from his position immediatiely. Its not like he won't be able to find a job…RCMP is hiring. I hear they're quite tolerant towards personal insecurities and cases of extreme lack of respect for the public.

    • I also hear there's a job opening at CFB Trenton. Officer Bubbles is demonstrating some of the characteristics of the beginnings of a psychopath.

  12. Who's paying his legal bills?

  13. Same people that are keeping his seat warm for him while he continues to make a mockery of himself and his police service. His union perhaps? Serve and protect…yourselves right?

  14. He's a bully in a uniform. Bubbles the Bully.

  15. Officer Bubbles is incredibly puerile. If he owns a dictionary, he's welcome to sue me. I'll even volunteer my identity.

  16. The poster boy for bully. Run him out of the police.

    where are hie superiors and fellow officers?

  17. I've met a few police officers like Bubbles: arrogant, condescending, bullying and superior. Lacking the understanding that the police are intended to serve the people, not to lord over us. Bubbles deserves to lose this lawsuit. Whatever has happened to him, he brought onto himself.

  18. Officer bubbles must have been one of those under-priviledged kids who had to use the cats litter box as a sand box.

  19. Threatened by a chick blowing bubbles?
    And now he's going to shut down the internet?
    This Bubbles guy is touching… he really should take a long vacation.

  20. The crazy thing is that Kelly McParland from the national post and some other whackos agree with the guy. That is scary.

    We need changed laws to make it clear anonymous speech is protected and also, defamation laws need to be rendered more toothless so they cannot be used as a club by the privileged (like this poor, poor officer 'bubbles) against the poor.

  21. The lawsuit will end after the stuff is taken off the net.

    • ahahahaha.

      Sueing to get something taken off the net?
      The internet responds to things like this as damage that it must route around. It responds to things like this by copying said stuff 1000000 times and posting it everywhere.

      In fact, it's already happened. The stuff was taken off the net by the original poster. And then 100 other posters put it back on youtube 100 times over, and on every other video sharing site you can shake a stick at too. It's true, google it. What was once a Toronto phenomenon viewed by a a thousand people is now all over the world, and has been viewed by 50k a day now.

      Way to go, Officer Bubbles' lawyer. Next time, refer to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streisand_effect
      If anything, I think Officer Bubbles should sue his lawyer for making a bad situation WORSE.

  22. The video, and the reaction from "Bubbles" illustrate what a bully and an A-hole he truly is… Power trip much?

  23. Police and everyone else should acknowledge the technology available and act accordingly. Cheap video cameras capable of direct upload to YouTube or any account eliminate law enforcements ability to prevent their actions from being recorded and viewed by both the general public and their peers. And abuse of wire laws in some States has failed to prevent this phenomenon, Mr. Bubbles and his ilk should take note when they attempt to move their threatening behavior into the legal arena.

    The Blue Wall of Silence can remain silent in these cases, the reality is there for all to see.

  24. Knowing how it can be in any job, I'd imagine Officer Bubbles is getting more contempt from his fellow workers than he is from the internet. Heck, maybe his colleagues are using the internet to have a go at him for his childish behaviour. "Mommie, Johnnie touched me. Make him stop. Mommie, Johnnie's looking at me funny. Poke his eyes out. Waaaahhhhhh."

    As much as police forces try to embrace diversity, the actual forces are still male-dominated, testosterone fueled. Whinging about possibly being hit by a bubble…. "girlish" behaviour and you can bet he's getting more than his share of comments and jokes made at his expense. At this point, he *needs* that 1.2 million so he can retire from the force. I doubt anyone wants to be partnered with such a cry baby.

    I wonder if he's assigned to Precinct 51.

  25. I THINK Officer Bubbles is a total Jackass.

    ps – Since I said "I THINK", and I didn't portray the Jackassery as a statement of fact, rather as an opinion, I'm legally covered, right??

    pps – As much as I THINK Officer Bubbles is a Jackass, I also THINK that Bubble Girl wasn't really acting like a model citizen either. Some random hippie blowing bubbles at me would probably annoy me too. But I don't have a badge. To quote the great philosopher Peter Parker, With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility.

  26. That girl is an idiot…she was NOT blowing bubbles to be "cute" or "lighten the mood" as she claims…she clearly wanted to be disrespectful and bait the police. If any random person on the street came up to any one of you and started blowing bubbles in your faces, you would do worst than what Adam did. You also didn't see the part where the female officer asked little Winkel Bitch numerously to cut it out and yet she continued. Protesters are complainers, that's what they do, most of them are punks and low lives and that is why they have the time to cause chaos on the streets. It never occurred to them to them to stop whining and becoming a productive member of our society. No, instead, they feel like the world owes them something and destroy property to prove a non-existing point. Most of them protest without even knowing what they are protesting. Instead of making uneducated comments about a situation that none of you know about…get to know facts and contexts and then maybe you're allowed to have an opinion.
    I think this whole situation has been blown way out of proportion and an officer that was simply doing his job is being hung for absolutely no reason. Perhaps the color of his skin has something to do with it. Had Adam been a white officer…this public scrutiny would not be happening. Black officer, white protester…hmmmm….maybe that's the real issue. There were video of white officers beating protesters and yet no one's talking about that…those videos have not gone viral, there are no cartoons about them. I wonder why?????
    As for the “Collecting Human Garbage” on his facebook page…if you do something to get yourself arrested…you ARE human garbage. Most regular law abiding citizens are not offended by that comment because it doe not apply to them. If you find yourself insulted by that statement than it says more about you than about him. Personally, I thought it was hilarious.

    You all can hate on him as much as you want but at the end of the day…he's still out there doing his job with his head held high.
    And if you think that your opinions are going to hold him down…you're as diluted as the Winkel chick.
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  27. That girl is an idiot…she was NOT blowing bubbles to be "cute" or "lighten the mood" as she claims…she clearly wanted to be disrespectful and bait the police. If any random person on the street came up to any one of you and started blowing bubbles in your faces, you would do worst than what Adam did. You also didn't see the part where the female officer asked little Winkel Bitch numerously to cut it out and yet she continued. Protesters are complainers, that's what they do, most of them are punks and low lives and that is why they have the time to cause chaos on the streets. It never occurred to them to them to stop whining and becoming a productive member of our society. No, instead, they feel like the world owes them something and destroy property to prove a non-existing point. Most of them protest without even knowing what they are protesting. Instead of making uneducated comments about a situation that none of you know about…get to know facts and contexts and then maybe you're allowed to have an opinion.
    I think this whole situation has been blown way out of proportion and an officer that was simply doing his job is being hung for absolutely no reason. Perhaps the color of his skin has something to do with it. Had Adam been a white officer…this public scrutiny would not be happening. Black officer, white protester…hmmmm….maybe that's the real issue. There were video of white officers beating protesters and yet no one's talking about that…those videos have not gone viral, there are no cartoons about them. I wonder why?????
    As for the “Collecting Human Garbage” on his facebook page…if you do something to get yourself arrested…you ARE human garbage. Most regular law abiding citizens are not offended by that comment because it doe not apply to them. If you find yourself insulted by that statement than it says more about you than about him. Personally, I thought it was hilarious.

    You all can hate on him as much as you want but at the end of the day…he's still out there doing his job with his head held high.
    And if you think that he cares about any of your opinions…you're as diluted as the Winkel chick.

  28. A person who abuses his public office power can be sued for Misfeasance in a public office. The arrest of the protester was a violation of her constitutional rights because protest is guaranteed under the constitution. The arrest was unlawful because blowing bubbles is not an assault anyway you cut it. So if this officer wants to go to court maybe someone should be suing him.

    • The fact is that she was not arrested for blowing bubbles and Adam was the not the one that arrested her. And the definition of assault is any type of unwanted action towards you. If someone throws water in your face…that's considered assault as well. So yes, he could have arrested her but HE DIDN'T

  29. Me thinks that Officer Bubbles had a hard time being raised on welfare not knowing who he's daddy is
    and is enjoying his 15 minutes of fame but too stupid to know what he is doing is going anywhere.
    And they hand a gun to these guys.This is the scary part.

  30. I think she should have blown cancer filled bubbles directly into his eyes.
    Hippies are a pain but at least if you beat them up you don’t
    get thrown in jail for assaulting an officer.

  31. NO! What everyone needs to do who was unjustly arrested sue Toronto police and A Jospehs for his facebook Account stating that he works for the city and cleans up human garbage. Add everyone in i bet you it would be in the billions for damage. And not surrender the suit until his lawsuit and job and terminated.