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Senior police officer found guilty in G20 disciplinary hearing

Officer found guilty on three out of five offences stemming from summit five years ago


 

TORONTO – The most senior police officer charged over mass arrests made during the Toronto’s G20 summit five years ago has been found guilty on three out of five offences at a disciplinary hearing.

Retired Ontario judge John Hamilton, who had been presiding over the case, found Supt David Fenton guilty of two counts of unnecessary exercise of authority and one count of discreditable conduct.

Hamilton says Fenton is committed to serving the public but has a lack of understanding of the public’s right to protest.

Fenton had pleaded not guilty to five Police Services Act charges stemming from two so-called kettling incidents that occurred over the 2010 summit weekend.

The first took place when Fenton ordered officers to box in protesters in front of a downtown hotel and more than 260 people were arrested and taken to a makeshift processing centre.

The second incident occurred the next day when, six minutes after coming on shift, Fenton ordered police to keep scores of people standing for hours at a downtown intersection despite a severe thunderstorm that left them drenched.

More than 1,000 people were detained over the summit weekend in what is considered the largest mass arrest in Canada’s peacetime history. Most were released without charge.


 
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Senior police officer found guilty in G20 disciplinary hearing

  1. How is it we know this wasn’t his brainy idea…somewhere in the mix one just might find the…pmo

  2. A senior police officer had a total lack of understanding of the public’s right to protest. That requires a full public inquiry. Here’s why:

    The following report found that “ that dissenting social movements have replaced so-called terrorism as the target of these intelligence clusters in Canada.”

    http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10439463.2011.605131

    The G-8/G-20 (and Olympics) saw the formation of the (ISU) “Integrated Security Unit” to centralize policing and intelligence, “fusing together municipal police, regional/provincial police, the RCMP, CSIS, as well as the Canadian military.”

    ISU “mission creep” then transformed “..concerns around AlQuaeda” etc. into “..surveillance of political opponents that publicly criticized” the G/20.

    To rationalize targeting and suppressing grassroots social movements, “intelligence clusters” blurred the categories of terrorism, extremism and activism into the notion of ‘MULTI ISSUE EXTREMISM’. They found a way to “extend beyond their original mandates” and to target “domestic political opposition”.

    In short, under Harpers watch, and in the eyes of the police, a new security-intelligence-policing paradigm, transformed Toronto G/20 protesters, who were peacefully expressing their “political opposition”, into “extremists”.

    “Supt. Fenton obviously has been held to account for what he did, but there are other people higher than Supt. Fenton who should be held to account,” said lawyer Paul Cavalluzzo. Yes, and there are other people much, much higher than Supt. Fenton.

    I hope that Canadians will give the Tom Mulcair and the NDP a sizable mandate. Canadian democracy needs a stiff broom to sweep out this kind of nonsense, as well as C-51.

  3. A senior police officer had a total lack of understanding of the public’s right to protest. That requires a full public inquiry. Here’s why:

    The following report found that “ that dissenting social movements have replaced so-called terrorism as the target of these intelligence clusters in Canada.”
    http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10439463.2011.605131

    The G-8/G-20 (and Olympics) saw the formation of the (ISU) “Integrated Security Unit” to centralize policing and intelligence, “fusing together municipal police, regional/provincial police, the RCMP, CSIS, as well as the Canadian military.”

    ISU “mission creep” then transformed “..concerns around AlQuaeda” etc. into “..surveillance of political opponents that publicly criticized” the G/20.

    To rationalize targeting and suppressing grassroots social movements, “intelligence clusters” blurred the categories of terrorism, extremism and activism into the notion of ‘MULTI ISSUE EXTREMISM’. They found a way to “extend beyond their original mandates” and to target “domestic political opposition”.

    In short, under Harpers watch, and in the eyes of the police, a new security-intelligence-policing paradigm, transformed Toronto G/20 protesters, who were peacefully expressing their “political opposition”, into “extremists”.

    “Supt. Fenton obviously has been held to account for what he did, but there are other people higher than Supt. Fenton who should be held to account,” said lawyer Paul Cavalluzzo. Yes, and there are other people much, much higher than Supt. Fenton.

    I hope that Canadians will give the Tom Mulcair and the NDP a sizable mandate. Canadian democracy needs a stiff broom to sweep out this kind of nonsense, as well as C-51.

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