Police Brutality at The G20
According to the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, between June 25 and 27 2010, downtown Toronto hosted the G20 summit, the largest political meeting in Canada’s history. As thousands of international dignitaries gathered in the heart of the city to discuss key questions of international importance, their presence attracted hundreds of journalists and reporters, as well as large numbers of individuals wanting to express their points of view. In spite of the massive security budget, policing during the G20summit took an ugly turn as more than 1,000 people were arrested.
The police created an atmosphere of intimidation and breached the rights of many people during the G20. Hundreds of people were arrested for breach of the peace, including individuals who were simply walking on the streets.
– As sourced by:Copyright © 2011Canadian Civil Liberties Association – All Rights Reserved
The recent political event of the G20 masked a more vulgar reality; “a reality that residents in marginalized and targeted communities across this city – (i.e. the poor, the homeless) are forced to battle every day; a reality in which the Police racially profile, beat, harass, brutalize and kill people with immunity”
“What the mainstream Canadian society needs to realize is that the violence that the Police unleashed on the general public during the G20 is a daily lived reality in our neighbourhood,” – Butterfly, member of Jane Finch Action Against Poverty
In the opinion of Canadian Civil Liberties Association, the police conduct during G20 Summit was, at times, “disproportionate, arbitrary and excessive.”Large number of police officers during week leading to G20 generated both suspicion of wasted resources and sentiment of potential intimidation.
Abuse of power goes hand in hand with police brutality. The article outlines the mass arresting that went on after the police had already assaulted protesters. Among those arrested was a 30-year old man named Alexander Hundert. Hundert has been described by authorities as a ringleader, protest organizer and conspirator. He was charged with, among other things, conspiracy to commit an indictable offense. After being held for a month, Hundert was granted bail, $100, 000. On September 17th, he took part in a panel discussion at Ryerson University on the subject of the G20 disturbances, where the police took his appearance on the panel as a violation of his bail conditions and Hundert was again arrested’