Toronto Police G20 Kettling Tactics, 2010

This is my Toronto in one of its darkest moments. In this event the Canadian Charter of Rights was wantonly trounced by Toronto Police. Over 1,000 citizens were illegally detained, some for over 24 hrs, and then set free with no explanation. Yes, the fight will continue in the courts but the damage has already been done. Healing, if it occurs, will only start once a proper public inquiry has been completed. Who was responsible for this suspension of our right to protest? Frankly I doubt we will ever know.

Kettling tactic employed by the Toronto Police during the G20 Summit at the intersection of Spadina and Queen on June 27, 2010: Eldar Curovic

Kettling tactic employed by the Toronto Police during the G20 Summit at the intersection of Spadina and Queen on June 27, 2010: Eldar Curovic

The “kettling” tactic, where police corral protesters into a tight, enclosed space without access to food, water or bathrooms, has been the focus of much criticism over the past decade. During the London G20 summit in 2009, a 47-year-old newspaper vendor died after being kettled.

Anatomy of the G20: the story from both sides of the fence: Toronto Star

Update Feb 23 2011: Apparently the RCMP has no policy for kettling and does not use this tactic for crowd control. “….It is the RCMP stated policy “always” to give crowds a way out. It seems like much back pedaling from police forces, after these illegal deeds were done and Torontonian’s civil rights were violated. The new battlefront is the court system, where protesters sue the police. And they should.

Update April 14 2011: London G20 ‘kettling’ was illegal, British court rules, though the ruling took 2 years. I hope the judges here in Toronto come to the same conclusion.

Update June 22 2011: Toronto police swear off G20 kettling tactic: Deemed illegal in the UK and now in Toronto, this tactic should not have been used at all. This is not to say that Toronto Police cannot retract the statement, or than any other police force in Canada would not use kettling.

Update May 14 2012: Mounties objected to kettling G20 protesters, watchdog finds: The RCMP reluctantly state they did not agree with the kettling tactics but were under the command of Toronto Police and therefore complied. Finger pointing continues.

Update June 23 2015: Police officer who ordered G20 kettling was biased, ordered mass arrests with no evidence, prosecution argues

3 thoughts on “Toronto Police G20 Kettling Tactics, 2010

  1. sharon hart

    hi do you know how i could contact Eldar Curovic?
    or do you have any thoughts on how i might be able to connect with him?

  2. dontai Post author

    Hi Sharon,
    Eldar Curovic is a pretty unique name. Search for him on Google. He has a LinkedIn. Flickr, StockPodium as well as Twitter accounts. He’s well connected to the web.

  3. EMP

    I’m trying to get in touch with Eldar Curovic too. It seems that his name pops up enough in a search, but either the networks he belongs to don’t provide any real information, or it’s another Eldar Curovic that’s listed. Any hints on how to get in touch?

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