Young saplings a security threat, police say
Young saplings that line downtown sidewalks are the latest casualty of the G20.
As was done with trash cans, newspaper boxes and bus shelters, police are now removing the young trees partially out of concern that they might be ripped out and used as arsenal by violent protesters.
‘They’re being removed for a couple of reasons: They’re young and require metal stakes to support them – obviously a security issue. Number two, they can be easily damaged or destroyed, and ultimately used as objects to either injure or cause damage,” said Const. Wendy Drummond, spokesperson for the summit’s Integrated Security Unit.
The trees will be replaced after the summit, she said.
Among the saplings to be uprooted are the ones within the security perimeter — assumingly out of range from anyone looking to use Mother Nature to cause a ruckus.
But it’s not all about keeping the trees from becoming projectiles, she said.
“Trees in full bloom have obscure views and observation is key in a lot of our policing.”