The Supreme Court Of Canada has decided to dismiss an appeal from the Toronto police services board on two class action lawsuits related to the G20 meeting in 2010.
Lawyers for Toronto police were hoping to deal with claims by demonstrators, individually, and not as class action suits.
However, the court rejected the attempt and ordered police services to pay costs of the appeal. It’s the second time the police board have been denied an appeal in the last 6 years. They were rejected by two other lower courts, two other times.
The class actions are a part of a chaotic weekend in June 2010 when the G20 summit saw top world leaders and a mass of security descend on the GTA for world finance talks.
Major protests took place in the downtown core over the two day summit with over 1,000 people arrested, including 500 detained in makeshift jails on Eastern Avenue. Many of the detainees complained about being “kettled” in detention areas with distressing conditions. Almost all were released without charge within 24 hours.