Press Conference – Toronto Police Settle G20 Lawsuit
Toronto Police Settle G20 lawsuit
Complaint shows “upper command” gave orders for illegal arrests
Meet Jason Wall and his lawyer Davin Charney
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
In front of the Toronto Police Service Headquarters
40 College Street
Jason Wall was not protesting when he was mobbed by as many as 20 Toronto Police Service officers as they poured out of the Delta Chelsea Hotel the morning of Sunday, June 27, 2010. Actually, he was on his way to church and there was no protest in sight.
A $25,000 Statement of Claim filed in Small Claims Court alleges that Mr. Wall was walking up Yonge Street by himself when officers arrested him. He says he was arrested because he was wearing a bandanna around his neck. He spent approximately 28 hours in custody at the now infamous detention centre on Eastern Avenue – dubbed “Torontonamo”. He was forced to wear hand cuffs for more than 20 hours, slept on the floor, and had to submit to a degrading strip search after which he was released without charge.
Wall recently settled his case for an amount that cannot be disclosed under the terms of the settlement.
After his arrest, Wall filed a complaint with the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD). An investigation found the arrest to be unlawful. Shockingly, the complaint report reveals that officers were given direction from “Upper Command” to make arrests that were clearly not lawful.
The complaint report quotes an officer with the Toronto Police Service:
“…we were given specific direction in regards to people that were wearing banners [sic], gasmask, goggles and that they were going to be arrestable or that they were to be arrested for Disguise with Intent, which is a Criminal Code Offense and as well anyone with a backpack was to be searched and if they refused to be search [sic] then they would be arrestable for obstruct police which is a Criminal Offence and as well as people, weapons including bottles and canisters of liquid were to be investigated and arrested for Possession of Weapons”.
“[T]the report shows that senior command directed officers to make unlawful arrests”, said Davin Charney, lawyer for Mr. Wall. “Wearing a bandana or refusing to allow police to look in your backpack are not criminal offenses. We now have proof that many arrests were not the result of a few bad apples or overreaction by officers on the ground. The orders came from the top. ”
For more information or to obtain a copy of the report contact Davin Charney