G20 Summit Toronto – First Anniversary (June 26 & 27, 2011)

Update: 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

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People were shocked by the actions of the State at Toronto's G20

The “secret fence law,” quietly passed using this archaic remnant of wartime legislation, was widely misinterpreted as allowing police to search anyone found within five metres of the summit fence.

Update: For now, the PWPA remains on the books. Ontario ombudsman André Marin condemned the “illegal” regulation as causing “the most massive compromise of civil liberties in Canadian history.” The province will soon launch a formal public consultation to begin the process of repealing the law.

Probing police misconduct and brutality

The province’s Special Investigations Unit, which probes allegations of serious injury, death or sexual assault involving police, opened six G20-related investigations and the Office of the Independent Police Review Director received 357 pertaining to various allegations of police misconduct.

Update: Three criminal charges against two police officers. The SIU has charged Const. Babak Andalib-Goortani with two counts of assault with a weapon for allegedly using his baton to assault Adam Nobody and Wyndham Bettencourt-McCarthy in separate incidents. Const. Glenn Weddell also faces a single charge for allegedly causing bodily harm in the violent arrest of Dorian Barton.

Officers removing name tags

Toronto police received 13 complaints about officers removing their required badge numbers and/or name tags. Internal investigations uncovered 119 officers had violated the policy.

Update: 109 officers have been docked a day’s pay — about $300 for a first-class constable — for removing either their name tag or badge number, according to the police service. The amount doubled if they removed both. Sergeants were punished with two days’ pay for each offence. The final 10 cases have not been finalized.

Holding vandals to account

Toronto Police established the specialized G20 Investigative Team to identify and apprehend those responsible for Saturday’s destruction. With the public’s assistance, they amassed tens of thousands of photos and videos.

Update: Forty-three arrests, 257 criminal charges and five Canada-wide arrest warrants.

The largest mass arrest in Canadian history

Reasons People Were Arrested at Toronto's G20

Police arrested more than 1,100 people during the G20 weekend. Most were never charged.

Update: Of the 317 people who still faced charges after the G20, 187 had their charges stayed, withdrawn or dismissed; 50 resolved their charges with peace bonds or diversion; another 24 pleaded guilty. Fifty-six more still have matters before the courts, including the alleged G20 protest ringleaders — the 17 men and women facing criminal conspiracy charges.

Calls for a public inquiry

Civil liberties groups and the NDP party have demanded a full public inquiry into all aspects of the G8/G20.

Update: Rejected. Stephen Harper and Dalton McGuinty have said the current investigations are sufficient. They include the Toronto Police Service’s internal review; the Toronto Police Service’s Board’s Independent Civilian Review; Office of the Independent Police Review Director’s systemic G20 review; the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP; the Auditor General’s report into summit spending (completed) and Parliamentary committee hearings (completed).

Business compensation

Hundreds of Toronto businesses suffered significant losses before and during the G20 weekend.

Update: One year later, 45 businesses are still awaiting a decision and $11,392,931 from the compensation budget remains unused. So far, $1,989,490 has been awarded to 169 Toronto businesses while 161 others were rejected. In Huntsville, $67,579 was paid out to 18 Huntsville businesses while 18 others were denied compensation.

Update: One year later, a look inside the G20 kettle
Update: Woman who blew bubbles at Officer Bubbles sues police
Update: G20 report inconclusive, critics call for full public inquiry
Update: Porter: For G20 accused Leah Henderson, 2010 was the year her life ended
Update: Experts shocked by alleged arrest, strip search of Sean Salvati prior to G20
Update: G20 lawsuits pile up
Update: New poll finds ‘monumental shift’ in public perception of Toronto police because of G20 actions
Update: Police learn the hard way that public trust is fragile
Update: Toronto Police Chief, Bill Blair,  won’t resign over G20

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