Wednesday, April 06, 2016
Toronto's G20 Victims Win the Right to Sue the Police
They turned my neighbourhood and much of downtown Toronto into a police state.
They arrested more than a thousand people most of them peaceful protesters.
They kettled them for no reason.
They held them for hours in the pouring rain.
And then locked up those they arrested in cages, like animals in a zoo.
But now at last, almost six years after the G20 summit, their victims have won the right to sue the police.
More than 1,000 people arrested in large groups and held in "inhumane conditions" at a makeshift detention centre during the 2010 G20 summit in Toronto won the right to proceed with two class-action lawsuits against police authorities Wednesday.
And let's hope that the police learn their lesson.
The court's decision emphasizes that police cannot arrest a group of civilians "as a way of 'fishing' for particular individuals." It also highlights the role these class actions would play in forcing police behaviour to change.
For it was a police state.
I saw it with my own eyes.
And it must never ever happen again...
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