The TVO host testified yesterday at the hearing of a senior officer facing multiple charges for his conduct during the weekend meeting.
“I’ve never seen this much riot gear, never seen the kind of hemming in that officers did this time.”
—Steve Paikin, journalist and host of TVO’s The Agenda, describing the scene at 2010’s G20 summit in Toronto. Paikin testified at a disciplinary hearing for Toronto Police Service officer Supt. David (Mark) Fenton, the most senior police officer to be charged in connection with the mass arrests that took place during the weekend meeting of global leaders. Paikin noted that in past demonstrations, police would intervene only if protestors became too aggressive, but that “those were not the conditions on the night in question.” Fenton faces five charges of unlawful arrest and discreditable conduct, stemming from two incidents: one in which he ordered officers to box in demonstrators (a tactic known as “kettling”), more than 260 of whom were arrested and taken to a makeshift holding facility; and another in which he ordered officers to keep protestors standing at a downtown intersection for hours during a thunderstorm.