Law Union of Ontario releases “Post-G20 Action Guide”‏

Law Union of Ontario releases an important public education resource for victims of police wrongdoing during the G20 Summit.

September 30, 2010 – Today, the Law Union is releasing the “Post-G20 Action Guide: Know your rights, know your options, and take action to get justice and hold the police accountable for their wrongdoing during the Toronto G20 summit.

The events that we witnessed on the streets of Toronto during the G20 summit in June 2010 were shocking and disgraceful.  Mass arrests and detentions, illegal searches, assaults, and other violations of the rights and civil liberties of thousands of peaceful citizens were rampant.  Since that time, many people have been looking for information about how to get justice and hold police accountable for their wrongdoing.

Today, the Law Union of Ontario responded to this need by preparing the “Post-G20 Action Guide.”

If you or someone you know were one of the thousands whose rights were violated by the police, this Guide is for you.  If you want to know what you can do to hold the police accountable for their wrongful actions and to get compensation and justice for any wrong done to you, this Guide is for you

The Post-G20 Action Guide is available free of charge on the Law Union’s website, www.lawunion.ca and will be posted very shortly on the Movement Defence Committee’s website www.movementdefence.org and available through a number of other public interest organizations and libraries.

The Guide is a public legal education resource for those hundreds or thousands of people who need a roadmap to understand the options that they have for taking action.  What this Guide does is to synthesize a lot of information about legal concepts and processes and make them accessible to the public.

The Guide is intended to help victims of police misconduct during the G20 summit:

  1. To understand their rights
  2. To understand their legal options to seek justice and hold the police accountable for their actions
  3. To weigh some of the pros and cons of these legal options in light of each person’s goals and circumstances

Using clear, everyday language, in a question and answer format, the Guide provides information about

  • How individuals might be affected by the two G20 class actions that have been launched to date
  • Suing the police and what kinds of remedies individuals can expect to get
  • Making a police complaint
  • Filing a human rights application about discriminatory treatment
  • How to take action when a police officer committed a crime or broke the law
  • Where individuals can go to get legal assistance and obtain more information.

It is up to the public, and the legal community, to take action to hold the police accountable and seek justice for the wrongs that were committed.  There have already been two class actions, other lawsuits, and police complaints launched.  With the assistance of this Guide, we expect to see many more civil lawsuits, police complaints, and human rights complaints in the weeks and months to come.

The Post-G20 Action Guide was a collaborative effort of many volunteers and public interest organizations, including the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, the Community and Legal Aid Services Program, and the Human Rights Legal Support Centre.  We are hopeful that our collective efforts will ensure that the kind of fiasco that plagued Toronto in June 2010 is never repeated in Canada.

Please forward this announcement widely, so that as many people as possible who have potential claims arising from the G20 will have access to the information that they need.

Comments or inquiries about the guide can be sent to g20guide@gmail.com.

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