Update: see previous posts – May 26, 2012 G20: Toronto Police Inspector Gary Meissner is Facing Disciplinary Action for Ordering the Early-Morning Raid and Unlawful Mass Arrests at the University of Toronto on June 27, 2010, May 21, 2012 G20: Police Under Attack — The Flip Side of G20 Misconduct, May 20, 2012 G20: “It is Better to Remain Silent and Be Thought a Fool Than to Open One’s Mouth and Remove All Doubt.” Abraham Lincoln, May 19, 2012 G20: Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair Refuses to Apologize For His Part in the G20, May 18, 2012 G20 Summit: We Passively Let Police and Politicians Trample Our Rights, May 18, 2012 G20: G20 Aftermath: Fourth Senior Officer Identified, Chief Blair will Request Disciplinary Hearings, May 18, 2012 G20: 28 Toronto Police Officers & Senior Commanders to be Charged Over G20, May 17, 2012 G20: Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair Must Own Up to G20 Mistakes or Resign, May 16, 2012 G20: G20 Systemic Review Report by Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD), May 15, 2012 G20: Byron Sonne Found “Not Guilty” On All G20 Explosives Charges, May 14, 2012 G20 – RCMP Acted Reasonably at G8 & G20 Summits According to the Public Complaints Commission, March 28, 2012 G20 – Senior Toronto Police Officers Receive Their June 14-28/10 G20 Overtime, March 15, 2012 Kettling – Kettle’em and Control’em, Ok in Europe, March 14, 2012 G20 – As Officer’s Are Unmasked and Finally Identified, Lawsuits Continue to Climb, March 7, 2012 G20 – Toronto Police Pay Paraplegic Man After Human Rights Complaint is Filed, February 24, 2012 G20 – Kelly Pflug-Back Pleads Guilty to 1 Count of Wearing a Disguise with Intent & 7 Counts of Mischief over $5,000., February 22, 2012 ‘Secret’ G20 Law To Be Scrapped, February 14, 2012 Toronto Police Service Senior Officers’ Union “Where is Our Overtime from the June 14-28/10 G20?”, February 8, 2012 G20 – Deaf Man Arrested and Not Provided Professional Interpreters Offered by Canadian Hearing Society, January 25, 2012 Toronto Police Chief Delays the Inevitable, January 22, 2012 Five Officers Should be Charged in G20 Protester’s Arrest, Police Watchdog Says, January 18, 2012 G20 Lawsuit Emerges After Largest Mass Arrest in Canadian History, December 22, 2011 G20 Activist Unapologetic As She Receives a Sentence of 10 Months, December 10, 2011 McGuinty to Declare the1939 Public Works Protection Act Null & Void in the New Year, November 23, 2011 11 G20 Defendants Set Free, November 3, 2011 G20 – Chair of Toronto Police Services Board concerned about G20 Photo’s (June, 2010), October 27, 2011 G20 Arrest for Weapons Charge Results in Acquittal, October 5, 2011 G20 Review by Toronto Police Services Board is Expected to Conclude by March, 2012, August 12, 2011 Toronto Deputy Police Chief Tony Warr Defends Actions of Police During G20 (June, 2010), July 29, 2011 Judge Rules that Man Arrested at G20 Should Have Been Provided Counsel, July 23, 2011 Twenty One (21) Month Sentence for Man Who Set G20 Police Vehicle Ablaze, July 22, 2011 G20 Investigator Wants Law to Ban Disguises After 17 Suspects Unidentified, July 21, 2011 Toronto Police Chief Blair’s Report on the G20 is Deferred, June 25, 2011 G20 Summit Toronto – First Anniversary (June 26 & 27, 2011), June 18, 2011 Harper Falls Short on Toronto Businesses’ G20 Claims, June 10, 2011 G20 – Final Public Hearing for the Toronto Police’s Civilian Review, June 10, 2011 G20 – Another Arrest, June 7, 2011 G20 Update – Who Assaulted Adam? Nooobody!, June 1, 2011 Ottawa Police Enjoy Their Share of the G20 Money Pie, McGuinty to Scrap the Secret G20 Law (1939 Public Works Protection Act), March 31, 2011 The “G20 Bump” Translates into a 60% Increase of Toronto Police Making the 2010 Sunshine List, March 19, 2011 Harper Screws Toronto’s Businesses, March 18, 2011 New G20 Lawsuits Launched Against Toronto Police Board, December 7, 2010 Ontario Umbudsman André Marin Delivers Report on G20 “Caught in the Act”, August 8, 2010 G20 Litigation, August 1, 2010 Damage$ Flowing from Charter Breaches
Alex Hundert, a pre-eminent member of the so-called “G20 ringleaders,” was sentenced to 13 ½ months in prison Tuesday.
Hundert is the last to be sentenced out of a group of six who struck a deal with the Crown last November. The half-dozen pleaded guilty to counselling to commit mischief. In exchange for their pleas, 11 co-accused had their charges dropped.
Hundert pleaded guilty to a further charge of counselling to obstruct police.
Addressing the court during an impassioned speech on the two year anniversary of the G20 summit, the 31-year-old activist accepted he did break the law but offered no apologies. He said that although he made the decision, he felt he was “bullied” into making his guilty plea because one member of the initial group of co-accused was facing deportation, and others were much younger.
Hundert said it was “ridiculous” to think his prosecution wasn’t politically motivated.
“I think every time someone behind the bench or Crown suggests it’s not, it puts the whole system in disrepute,” he said.
Raucous cheers and stomping could be heard from an overflow room packed with about 100 supporters. They were not allowed in the courtroom because of disruptions during previous hearings.
Prosecutor Jason Miller addressed the court briefly. The sentence, he said, was necessary to denounce the organization of violence during the G20 weekend and deter it from happening in the future.
Hundert, as well as other accused, met to plan protests against the G20 and encouraged property damage during the summit, according to an agreed statement of facts.
Hundert’s lawyer, John Norris, said the accusations against his client are but a “narrow band” of the work he does building communities. Norris said he believed, in the future, Hundert would be involved in more causes making those communities better.
Justice Lloyd Budzinsky said that even though Hundert was in custody when black-clad protesters took to the streets, smashing windows and lighting police cars on fire, he promoted the use of violence.
Budzinsky admonished the activist, an alleged member of the Southern Ontario Anarchist Resistance, for putting his own political views ahead of the well-being of citizens — those who wanted to take to the streets peacefully or those who had their property damaged.
“Even if your view of the state is that it is coercive, it still operates under the rule of law,” said Budzinsky.
While the judge said the sentence for such a crime should be two or three years, it was reduced to just over a year because of time served and restrictive bail conditions.