May 16, 2012
Penelope Chester, CCLA
(416) 363-0321 ext 225
CCLA Demands Accountability For G20 Rights Violations In Light Of Scathing OIPRD Report Into G20 Police Conduct
Calls For Immediate Action From Chief, Police Services Board
TORONTO, May 16, 2012 - The Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD) today released its systemic review into policing during the 2010 Toronto G20. The Report confirms the position that Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) has held from the outset: that mass violations of fundamental rights occurred throughout the downtown Toronto core over the G20 weekend. These rights violations were the result of systemic planning and training failures leading up to the G20, and specific orders and statements made by senior commanding officers during that weekend.
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association calls on the Ontario government and police services to commit to a full and immediate implementation of the OIPRD recommendations, issue an unconditional apology, proactively pursue disciplinary measures for officers implicated in misconduct, and pursue criminal charges where appropriate. The Chief and the police services board need to take action against senior command officers responsible for the decisions that violated the civil liberties of hundreds of Canadians on June 26th and 27th. CCLA continues to believe that, given the severity of the rights violations that occurred on the G20 weekend, full political and police accountability is vital to rebuilding public trust in law enforcement and democratic institutions.
"We know what happened during the G20. We know that there were rights violations on a massive scale. What we need now is accountability," said Abby Deshman, Public Safety Director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. "Transparency without accountability is unacceptable. We have multiple reports documenting in detail massive rights violations over that weekend. The individuals who were in charge need to accept responsibility and be held accountable. The Toronto Chief of Police needs to acknowledge what has happened, and apologize. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association calls on all police services to proactively pursue meaningful disciplinary measures for all officers implicated in misconduct that weekend. The Chief and the police services board need to take action against senior command officers responsible for the decisions that violated the civil liberties of hundreds of Canadians on June 26th and 27th."
Abby Deshman, director of CCLA's Public Safety program, and Frank Addario, criminal lawyer and CCLA Board Member, are available for comment.
For CCLA's work on G20 Accountability, please visit our website: http://ccla.org/our-work/focus-areas/g8-and-g20//
Canadian Civil Liberties Association
Penelope Chester, Director, Communications
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