Police detained over 1000 people in connection with the June 2010 G20 summit in Toronto, including peaceful protestors, journalists, legal observers, tourists, and bystanders. The vast majority of those detained were eventually released with no charges, and without any wrong-doing ever specified or explained to a Court. Some were charged by police, but most charges were later stayed, withdrawn or dismissed. However, in the meantime, hundreds of these apparently innocent individuals had been imprisoned under degrading conditions. This class action lawsuit is brought to preserve and affirm the fundamental civil rights of those individuals who were held by police without good cause.
Sherry Good will act as the representative plaintiff for the individuals covered by this class action lawsuit. Ms. Good was part of a group of peaceful demonstrators and others who were surrounded and detained for many hours by hundreds of police officers at Queen and Spadina on Sunday June 27, 2010 in cold, heavy rain with no shelter. They were given no warning and no opportunity to disperse. They were not allowed to leave and no reason was given as to why they were being detained. Her experience is described in the Statement of Claim which has been filed in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.
However, the class action is not limited to people who were “kettled” at Queen and Spadina. It also includes people who were arrested or “kettled”, at certain other locations or who were held in the G20 detention centre on Eastern Avenue (see the FAQ “Am I part of the proposed class?” for details).