Tuesday, July 6th, 2010
Police states don’t appear full blown, over night.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â They are, like any other social phenomenon, part of social and political process — the end result of long term corruption of the political culture and the incremental diminishing of democracy. – Murray Dobbin
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Henry Stancu, Michelle Henry, Toronto Star
July 6, 2010
The province’s special investigations unit has begun probing five allegations that police caused serious injury to civilians during the summit.
It is unclear whether civilian or police information led to the investigation, with more details promised Wednesday.
“We’re currently looking into details surrounding those interactions” and speaking with witnesses, SIU spokesperson Monica Hudon said Tuesday. She would not say which police force or forces, of many drawn into G20 security, are involved in the allegations. The SIU can probe only the officers who work in Ontario, Hudon said, which includes municipal forces and the OPP but not the RCMP.
On the same day, a Toronto police services board meeting calling for an independent civilian review of the way G20 security was handled drew heated response from many people who came to vent about their treatment during the summit.
Thinking their voices would be heard at Tuesday’s hastily called special session at police headquarters, many shouted their objections after board chair Alok Mukherjee announced his recommendation that an impartial civilian overseer be chosen to conduct the review.
The chair said those in the rowdy gathering had “no automatic right to speak” at this venue, and that complaints should be filed in the form of written deputations.