Report on G20 Unlawful Police Conduct
Allegations of police lawlessness at the G20 summit have focused much attention to issues of police brutality and misconduct. It has been widely reported that many protestors complained of unlawful detentions and searches, police brutality, false arrests and other forms of misconduct. It is important that we continue to focus attention on these claims and support all G20 survivors of unlawful police misconduct. At the same time we should remember that the many thousands of police officers who amassed at the summit continue to work as police officers. Is there any reason to think that the police will act better when they are not surrounded by journalists and cameras?
The CPA supports the call for a public inquiry and further investigations into police practices at the G20 protests in Toronto, June 2010. We also support the ongoing protests and campaigns to expose any unlawful police practices. Of greatest concern are:
- mass detentions and arrests,
- illegal searches,
- unlawful arrests,
- use of excessive force, and
- use of new technologies
The Centre for Police Accountability is working on a Report of G20 Police Brutality and Misconduct (coming soon).