Toronto police sued for $1.4 million for wrongful arrest, illegal detention and sexual assault during 2010’s G20 summit
NY Daily News: The Toronto police face massive injustice allegations that, if proven true, could cost the force more than a million dollars.
A group of protestors is suing the Toronto police for $1.4 million for wrongful arrest, illegal detention and sexual assault. The group of seven protestors arrested at a G20 summit in 2010 accused the police of profiling people with black clothing or backpacks, as well as women with hairy legs. Their attorney submitted a 44-page statement detailing the group’s many allegations against the Toronto police.
The group from Hamilton, Ont. addressed the press on Wednesday. They claimed that, on June 27, 2010, they were arrested without reason, confined in a detention center for longer than a day and sexually assaulted, in a few instances. Alicia Ridge said that she was sexually abused during a strip search from male officers, despite the presence of female officers, according to CTV.
“It was a fairly pathetic rendition of a search,” Ridge said, “in that it was just a quick run of a hand up the leg followed by a swift ass grab. And there were lots of sexualized comments that went along with it.”
The alleged sexualized statements extended from lascivious to homophobic. An officer yelled at Ridge to shave her legs, she said. A constable involved wrote, “all parties appear to be protesters; back packs; clothing and females all have hairy legs,” as verified by the Ontario Independent Police Review Director. The constable said that he associated hairy-legged women with G20 protestors.
After the group was released without charges, they turned to lawyer Davin Charney, who characterized himself having a passion for social justice and the Toronto police as having “reckless disregard for people’s fundamental rights.”
Officers arrested the group when they exited a downtown pizzeria. Beforehand the group was at Allan Gardens, a staging area for the protests, reports CTV. The lawsuit was filed June 26. The group’s allegations have not been substantiated in a court of law.
Anarchists at the Summit firebombed a bank, individuals dressed in black damaged windows of particular businesses, set police cars on fire, and damaged media vehicles. Talk about reckless disregard.