Police arrested over 1000 people in connection with the G20, including peaceful protestors, journalists, legal observers, tourists, and bystanders – the largest mass arrests in Canada’s history. There have been reports of unjustified police violence, arbitrary searches, prolonged and unlawful detentions, poor conditions in detention centres, and other breaches of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. At the same time, police seemed to abandon four police cars to be burned, and failed to protect Toronto’s independent shops from vandalism on the first day of the summit. Many are calling for a Public Inquiry.
If you have a G20 story, send us an email. These stories need to be known by the public at large. Tell your story and support the call for a public inquiry.
How it works:
- Explain what happened to you, including dates, times, locations, charges, injuries, etc.
- Try to stick to what you saw yourself
- Attach photos or links to YouTube videos
- If you agree that your story can be posted publicly on the internet with your name, write “post with name” in the subject line
- If you agree that your story can be posted publicly on the internet anonymously, write “post” in the subject line
- Your story will support the call for a public inquiry
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (reports can be submitted in French or English)
WARNING: We cannot guarantee complete confidentiality of any emails or email addresses – it is possible that we may be ordered by a court to disclose any information you provide to us.
Other Ways to Tell Your Story:
You can also fill out a confidential Incident Report with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association at http://ccla.org/2010/06/29/resources-for-g20-related-complaints/.
Justice For Youth and Children is collecting stories from youth about their interactions with law enforcement officers during the G20 summit, which will be used to create a report and recommendations: http://www.jfcy.org/.
You can submit your story and a photo of yourself at this site created by a small group of citizens affected by the G20:http://g20stories.wordpress.com/submit/.
You can also file a formal police complaint:
- Against any police force from Ontario, through the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD): https://www.oiprd.on.ca/cms/
- Against the RCMP, through the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP: http://www.cpc-cpp.gc.ca/index-eng.aspx
This website was created by Klippensteins, a law firm based in Toronto, as a public service.