$45 million is what it will take to make up for police behaviour during G20, claims class-action suit
Despite the fact that the G20 is more than a month in the past, it’s becoming clear that it will simply never die: the latest news is that the RCMP, Toronto Police and Attorney General of Canada face a $45-million class-action lawsuit over police conduct during the summit. The OPP might find itself named in the suit later, as well. (Can’t remember what all the fuss is about? The word to google is “kettling.”)
The Globe and Mail reports:
“The vast majority of the arrests and detentions over the course of the G20 weekend were unlawful and unjustified, as well as unconstitutional,” the statement of claim says.
Sherry Good did not originally intend to launch a suit or pursue legal action, she said Friday; she just spread her story online wherever she could. And a couple of lawyers picked it up and got in touch….
Ms. Good was among hundreds of people penned for hours in the rain at the corner of Queen Street and Spadina Avenue on the Sunday evening of the summit weekend.
Here’s how controversial the police conduct during the summit is: the law-and-order folks at the Toronto Sun not only led the way in criticizing the police; they’ve now got columnists wishing the lawsuit good luck. It’s bizarro world: up next, Sun columnist praises the CBC?
However the lawsuit is concluded, it looks like whether or not we’re still interested in the G20, the G20 (and its fallout) is still very interested in us.
• G20 class-action suit claims $45-million in damages [Globe and Mail]
• G20 lawsuit seeks $45M in damages [Toronto Star]
• $45M G20 class-action suit filed [CBC news]
• Best wishes to the G20 class action lawsuit [Toronto Sun]
• How peaceful protest led to a class-action suit [Globe and Mail]