The commanding officer who ordered police to "kettle" protesters at the G20 summit two years ago is among the 45 Toronto police officers expected to be charged with misconduct.
Original post May 16:
In its report on police conduct during the 2010 G20 summit in Toronto, the civilian police watchdog recommends better planning, co-operation and communication between police forces for any future similar event.
Do you agree with the OIPRD recommendations in its G20 report? (Kimberley Gale/CBC)The report, released Wednesday by the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD), also recommended that police planners:
- Provide more training for officers about the limits of police powers.
- Develop more flexible plans to deal with fluid mass protest scenarios.
- Enhance communication between police command centres and frontline officers.
- Build mass detention centres that provide for the needs and dignity of individuals arrested.
- Require all police officers to wear visible name badges.
- Allow more time and use better technology to provide warnings to disperse before kettling or arresting people.
- Retain police records of those who are arrested but not charged, or whose charges are withdrawn.
- Discontinue the use of plastic handcuffs.
- Develop media accreditation for both traditional and non-traditional media.
The OIPRD recommendations are not binding but director Gerry McNeilly said, "It is my hope that the recommendations I have made provide a map to improve the interaction between the public and police during future protests and to strengthen confidence and trust in police."
Do you agree with these recommendations? Do you think they go far enough to protect civil liberties during future protests? Or do you think they will prevent police from doing their jobs if protests turn violent? Let us know what you think.
(This survey is not scientific. Results are based on readers' responses.)
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