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Nearly 60 per cent of G20-related charges withdrawn

Largest mass arrest in Canadian history leads to few prosecutions


 

Of the more than 1,100 people arrested during last year’s G20 summit in Toronto, just 317 were ever charged with any summit-related offences. Charges were eventually withdrawn against 187 of those, and only 24 have pleaded guilty. The rate at which police have dropped charges against G20 defendants is more than double the normal rate of about 30 per cent, according to University of Toronto law professor Kent Roach, raising questions about whether police were too heavy-handed during the summit. Toronto police deny they were reckless in laying charges against G20 protesters.

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Nearly 60 per cent of G20-related charges withdrawn

  1. An interesting perspective from Mike Brock at The Volunteer.

    Most of the police who were on the streets at the summit, who represented Canada a mari usque ad mare, were complicit in illegal police activity, and further, have collectively obstructed justice by not coming forward to identify fellow police officers who have been photographed and videotaped engaging in clearly illegal uses of force against non-violent protesters.

    Put another way: they are protecting their own. Even the bad apples. From my perspective, that makes them bad apples. If they wanted to impress me with their goodness, honor and commitment to the public trust, the request by the Ontario SIU for officers to come forward wouldn’t sound like crickets chirping.

    There are literally hundreds, if not thousands of police officers who are capable of identifying officers who committed illegal assault, illegal searches, and engaged in illegal intimidation tactics to coerce compliance with the former, who have thus far failed come forward — a whole year later. And as far I can tell, have no intention of doing so.

    The police have demonstrated, as a group, that they are on the side of themselves and not on the side of the public. So as long as that’s true: All. Bad. Apples.

  2.  The police reaction was like showing up the next day after the Vancouver riots and arresting anyone in sight, walking the empty streets. It is actually comical to view the police reaction. They missed and failed to react Saturday so Sunday they figured we better do something to appease the public so they attacked on Sunday with a mass build up and show of strength. The Black Block was long gone by Sunday so the innocent people left over with their peaceful protest got the brunt of the Saturday damage. Much like Vancouver, the police dropped the ball, reacted badly and now need to admit their misgivings. Fire the Mayors of each city, fire the Police chiefs and move on. Reacting aggressively before threats occur is easier then the mess created to none reaction (as in Vancouver’s case) or the incorrect reaction (as in the Toronto’s case- because the right reaction was missed on Saturday). I would have had the police in the middle of it all from the start and riot photographers working for the police with heavy protection taking pictures of each face that appears to be creating trouble, Foresight is better then hindsight. Holding those public servants responsible with their high paying jobs who dropped the ball and firing them is all that is left to do.