G20: The Pay-Outs of Lawsuits Against Toronto Police Have Begun – There Will Be Many More

Update: see previous posts – March 5, 2013 G20: High-Ranking Toronto Police Officers to Face Tribunal Over G20, January 12, 2013 G20: Protester Convicted Despite Rights Violation and previous posts

Although the G20 was held in Toronto a number of years ago - the payouts over civil lawsuits have began and will continue in Toronto
Although the G20 was held in Toronto in June 2010 – the payouts over civil lawsuits launched against the police have began and will continue in Toronto.

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Three lawsuits claiming Toronto police used excessive force against G20 protesters have been settled out of court.

Nikos Kapetaneas, Anna Grychtchenko and Caitlin Morgan each claimed damages of $25,000.

What they actually received has not been revealed.

Police will continue to payout these lawsuits to avoid the embarrassing exposure.
Police will continue to payout these lawsuits to avoid the embarrassing exposure.

All three were arrested during protests at Queen’s Park on June 26, 2010, while the city was playing host to a meeting of G20 leaders.

Police in riot gear moved in to break up the protest.

A photograph of Kapetaneas being kicked in the back by a police officer wearing a gas mask, was published in the Toronto Star.

Morgan claimed she was kicked during the melee.

Grychtchenko said she was thrown to the ground, hit in the face, then falsely arrested and taken to the Eastern Avenue Detention Centre where she was held for 21 hours.

The three launched lawsuits against police.

Their lawyer says the cases have been settled out of court — but under the terms of the settlement the amount awarded will remain confidential.

The three say the decision should be seen as a victory.

“If they didn’t think they did anything wrong we wouldn’t be standing here and we wouldn’t be getting a settlement. We live in a corporate kind of society where money does speak — and people don’t like to pay people off for things they did right. So if they [Toronto police] did anything right we wouldn’t be here talking today,” said Grychtchenko.

Toronto police say the decision to settle out of court is not an admission of guilt.

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