Toronto police chief promises public hearings into G20 summit misconduct

In the wake of two damning reports on police conduct during the G20 summit in Toronto, the city’s police chief has released a written statement addressed to the people of Toronto, where his police force oversaw the largest mass arrest in Canadian history in June 2010.

The reports, conducted by Ontario’s Office of the Independent Police Review Director, singled out more than 40 officers to be charged with misconduct, including at least four senior commanders who issued orders on the ground during the G20.

In his statement, Toronto Police Service Bill Blair said that misconduct hearings will take place under the Police Services Act. He added that, “given the extraordinary public interest in these important matters,” he would delegate the authority to carry out the misconduct hearings to a retired judge. As the Toronto Star reported, Blair will be appointing a Crown lawyer to prosecute the hearings, and that they will be open to the public.