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2010 Villain: Officer Bubbles

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Illustration by Brett Lamb/Torontoist.


Torontoist is ending the year by naming our Heroes and Villains—Toronto’s very best and very worst people, places, and things over the past twelve months. From December 13–17: the Villains! From December 20–24, the Heroes! And, from December 27–30, you can vote for Toronto’s Superhero and Supervillain of the year.


The Toronto police force may know him as Constable Adam Josephs, but to the rest of us he’s Officer Bubbles: the perfect icon for how our city failed us during June’s G20 summit. Quivering with testosterone in front of a Real News camera, the officer’s admonishment of bubble-blowing protestor Courtney Winkels swiftly made the rounds on YouTube—because who can resist the absurdity of “If the bubble touches me, you’re going to be arrested for assault”?
The beefy, power-tripping police officer became a momentary fixture in our city’s cultural milieu in the weeks following the summit, but we probably would have forgotten about him by now if it weren’t for something even more absurd: the launch of an ill-advised $1.25-million defamation lawsuit, against the anonymous creators of a series of parody cartoons depicting a fictional “Officer Bubbles” arresting Barack Obama and Santa Claus, against YouTube for hosting the videos, and, most ridiculously, against nearly two dozen YouTube commenters.
Josephs’s statement of claim charges that the cartoons “depict Josephs mistreating people and abusing his authority as a police officer, and are highly defamatory of Josephs.” The thirty-page document also includes a detailed synopsis of each of the cartoon’s eight episodes, a verbatim account of all YouTube comments deemed particularly offensive to Josephs’s fragile ego, and the demand that the website release the identities of the cartoon’s creators and the unidentified commenters.
“The reason we brought the lawsuit is that people have the right to protect themselves against this kind of harassment,” Josephs’s lawyer, James Zibarras, told the Globe and Mail in October with a straight face. This, for a client whose Facebook profile page apparently once listed his job description with the City as “I collect Human garbage.”
Surely, there are people out there who will defend Josephs, who will say his overreaction to a few bubbles was proof of ill-preparedness, or stress, or something. It’s worth pointing out, too, that while the young protester behind the offensive bubbles was later arrested, Josephs wasn’t the one who did the arresting. That’s about all Josephs has in his favour, though. For intimidating a bubble-blower, for taking himself more than a little too seriously, and for totally missing the joke, we deem Adam Josephs, Officer Bubbles, Villain-worthy.

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  • Functionalist

    He was a villain to be sure, but not villain of the year. This incident just didn't have the long term implications as other G20 incidents, like the abuse of protesters, mass detainment of innocent people and officers potentially getting away with their abuse simply by removing their badge numbers.

  • http://twitter.com/wtfamericablog Mr. J
  • http://profiles.google.com/dirtydan187 Dan Dirty

    He's the biggest CLOWN but not the biggest villain. The biggest CLOWN and VILLAIN of G20 is the G20 GOOF AKA Detective Mark Charlebois #815 of the York Regional Police. Look at what he was into BEFORE G20. He should have never been there:

    The guy is so dirty and corrupt he can't advance. He's a dumb, substance abusing cowboy and it's a disgrace and a shame that Chief Eric Jolliffe has this idiot and fool on board.
    Detective Mark Charlebois #815 of the York Regional Police current and past “investigations”:
    - Charged with Assault ad battery on a handcuffed prisoner. Covered up by Chief La Barge and his like minded Inspector Graeme Turl
    - multiple “visits” to rehab programs for substance abuse
    - investigated for sexual “inappropriateness” with a 14 year old female “victim” he was investigating for
    - multiple complaints from neighbors in Newmarket Ontario for bizarre and sexually inappropriate behavior , once again covered and hidden by like minded weirdo and wannabe police Chief Inspector Graeme Turl. His neighbors consider him a dangerous weirdo and keep their kids far away from this sociopath with a badge
    Let's put it this way, this old fool is #815. Police officers who have been on the force that long are usually Inspectors or higher. He is a Detective. The reason is he's an idiot and a corrupt weirdo who gets a little silly around underage girls.

  • http://profiles.google.com/dirtydan187 Dan Dirty

    He's the biggest CLOWN but not the biggest villain. The biggest CLOWN and VILLAIN of G20 is the G20 GOOF AKA Detective Mark Charlebois #815 of the York Regional Police. Look at what he was into BEFORE G20. He should have never been there:

    The guy is so dirty and corrupt he can't advance. He's a dumb, substance abusing cowboy and it's a disgrace and a shame that Chief Eric Jolliffe has this idiot and fool on board.
    Detective Mark Charlebois #815 of the York Regional Police current and past “investigations”:
    - Charged with Assault ad battery on a handcuffed prisoner. Covered up by Chief La Barge and his like minded Inspector Graeme Turl
    - multiple “visits” to rehab programs for substance abuse
    - investigated for sexual “inappropriateness” with a 14 year old female “victim” he was investigating for
    - multiple complaints from neighbors in Newmarket Ontario for bizarre and sexually inappropriate behavior , once again covered and hidden by like minded weirdo and wannabe police Chief Inspector Graeme Turl. His neighbors consider him a dangerous weirdo and keep their kids far away from this sociopath with a badge
    Let's put it this way, this old fool is #815. Police officers who have been on the force that long are usually Inspectors or higher. He is a Detective. The reason is he's an idiot and a corrupt weirdo who gets a little silly around underage girls.

  • http://profiles.google.com/dirtydan187 Dan Dirty

    He's the biggest CLOWN but not the biggest villain. The biggest CLOWN and VILLAIN of G20 is the G20 GOOF AKA Detective Mark Charlebois #815 of the York Regional Police. Look at what he was into BEFORE G20. He should have never been there:

    The guy is so dirty and corrupt he can't advance. He's a dumb, substance abusing cowboy and it's a disgrace and a shame that Chief Eric Jolliffe has this idiot and fool on board.
    Detective Mark Charlebois #815 of the York Regional Police current and past “investigations”:
    - Charged with Assault ad battery on a handcuffed prisoner. Covered up by Chief La Barge and his like minded Inspector Graeme Turl
    - multiple “visits” to rehab programs for substance abuse
    - investigated for sexual “inappropriateness” with a 14 year old female “victim” he was investigating for
    - multiple complaints from neighbors in Newmarket Ontario for bizarre and sexually inappropriate behavior , once again covered and hidden by like minded weirdo and wannabe police Chief Inspector Graeme Turl. His neighbors consider him a dangerous weirdo and keep their kids far away from this sociopath with a badge
    Let's put it this way, this old fool is #815. Police officers who have been on the force that long are usually Inspectors or higher. He is a Detective. The reason is he's an idiot and a corrupt weirdo who gets a little silly around underage girls.

  • http://profiles.google.com/dirtydan187 Dan Dirty

    He's the biggest CLOWN but not the biggest villain. The biggest CLOWN and VILLAIN of G20 is the G20 GOOF AKA Detective Mark Charlebois #815 of the York Regional Police. Look at what he was into BEFORE G20. He should have never been there:

    The guy is so dirty and corrupt he can't advance. He's a dumb, substance abusing cowboy and it's a disgrace and a shame that Chief Eric Jolliffe has this idiot and fool on board.
    Detective Mark Charlebois #815 of the York Regional Police current and past “investigations”:
    - Charged with Assault ad battery on a handcuffed prisoner. Covered up by Chief La Barge and his like minded Inspector Graeme Turl
    - multiple “visits” to rehab programs for substance abuse
    - investigated for sexual “inappropriateness” with a 14 year old female “victim” he was investigating for
    - multiple complaints from neighbors in Newmarket Ontario for bizarre and sexually inappropriate behavior , once again covered and hidden by like minded weirdo and wannabe police Chief Inspector Graeme Turl. His neighbors consider him a dangerous weirdo and keep their kids far away from this sociopath with a badge
    Let's put it this way, this old fool is #815. Police officers who have been on the force that long are usually Inspectors or higher. He is a Detective. The reason is he's an idiot and a corrupt weirdo who gets a little silly around underage girls.

  • Charmainw

    Detective Mark Charlebois #815 sexually assaulted my daughter while she went to the washroom at District 2 police station. My daughter was 14 years old at the time and was there because her friend was charged for shop lifting at Hillcrest Mall on Yonge Street. No charges were laid against my daughter.

    The OIPRD refused to investigate saying they “had no jurisdiction” on the crime. Chief Eric Jolliffe refused to investigate saying she was lying without an investigation and no police officer would investigate and only harassed her and my family.

    No charges were laid and no justice was done. Since this time I have learned that 2 York Regional Police officers were charged for sexual assault (Cst. Noor Khan and Cst. Brent Rouillard).

    The York Regional Police force is sick, twisted and corrupt. They can not be trusted and females must be aware of how sick and twisted these individuals are. Do not trust the YRP and do not trust Detective Mark Charlebois #815. He is a rapist, a pervert and a sick and twisted individual as are many other York Regional Police officers. They will lie and cover up their crimes.

    My daughter has been traumatized and will suffer for the remainder of her life because of this monster. I understand this pervert and creep did this to many others and it is always covered up. SHAME!!