$ 16.5 million settlement reached in class action lawsuit over mass arrests at the 2010 G20 summit

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A settlement of $ 16.5 million was reached in a class action lawsuit over mass arrests at the G20 summit in 2010.The deal comes after 10 years of legal proceedings and negotiations between the Toronto Police Services Board and representatives for about 1,100 people arrested during the summit.

Under the settlement, those arrested will each be entitled to compensation ranging from $ 5,000 to $ 24,700, depending on their experience.

The deal also includes a public recognition by police of the mass arrests and the conditions under which the protesters were held, as well as a commitment to change the way protests are controlled in the future.

Those who have been wrongly arrested will also have their criminal records erased.

Thousands took part in protests

Toronto hosted the G20 Summit of World Leaders in June 2010.

Many public events have been organized to address issues such as climate change, globalization and poverty. Thousands of protesters demonstrated peacefully, but some demonstrations were accompanied by willful vandalism.

The $ 16.5 million settlement agreement comes after 10 years of legal proceedings and negotiations between the Toronto Police Services Board and representatives for approximately 1,100 people arrested at the summit. (CBC)

Police responded by surrounding large groups of hundreds of protesters at several locations in downtown Toronto with riot police cords, restraining them for hours, then transferring many of them to a detention center provisional.

The lawsuit was initiated in 2010 by Sherry Good as the legal representative of approximately 1,100 group members. The Toronto Police Service initially opposed the class action in court, and the status of the class action was not finalized until November 2016.

“When these events happened, many Canadians could not believe they had happened in Canada. The settlement appears to fairly recognize, through financial compensation, recognitions and reforms, that they should not have happened and will never happen again, ”said Eric Gillespie, litigation lawyer in Toronto. leading the case with Murray Klippenstein.

Klippenstein and Gillespie are urging anyone who was present at the G20 riots of June 2010 and who may be eligible for compensation to contact them or visit the G20 class action website.

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