POLITICS

Basic civil rights ignored by some police, says finding of G20 report

05/16/2012 11:34 EDT | Updated 07/16/2012 05:12 EDT
TORONTO - Ontario's Officer of the Independent Police Review Director on Wednesday released its report into the G20 summit in Toronto in June 2010. Among its findings and recommendations:

Key Findings:

Some officers ignored basic civil rights.

Level of force used in some cases excessive.

Mass arrests and detentions in some cases were unlawful.

Dawn raid on student residence unlawful.

"Kettling" of hundreds of people for hours unreasonable and unlawful.

Temporary detention centre poorly planned and run.

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Key recommendations:

Require police to disclose evidence of officer misconduct and help investigate it.

Provide refresher training to officers on the legalities of detaining, searching and arresting people.

Crowd containment or "kettling" should continue only as long as absolutely necessary.

Unlawful or excessive detention should be considered misconduct.

Scrap the use of flex cuffs altogether or severely limit their use.

Police should accredit media for large-scale events and respect those credentials.

Governments and police should ensure security operations have adequate time for planning and preparation.

SOURCE: Office of the Independent Police Review Director