Thursday, July 28, 2016

Toronto cop found guilty of ordering mass arrests appealing G20 protest conviction

A senior Toronto cop found guilty of ordering mass detentions and “kettling” of demonstrators at the 2010 G20 summit in Toronto is appealing his conviction and sentence.

Supt. David (Mark) Fenton was convicted of two counts of unlawful exercise of authority and one count of discreditable conduct under the Police Services Act.

The charges were in relation to mass arrests of protestors in two areas of the city — on The Esplanade and at Queen Street and Spadina Avenue, on June 26 and 27.

The officer with 28 years’ experience in the service ordered protestors and passersby to be arrested during the chaotic weekend where a few masked anarchists caused millions of dollars-worth of damage to property on several downtown streets.

Demonstrators who were detained said some were kept boxed in or “kettled” by baton-wielding officers on the street and exposed to cold, rainy conditions for hours, while others were sent to a temporary detention centre which was roundly criticized for its awful conditions.  (more...)

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