TORONTO POLICE OFFICER GUILTY OF CONDUCT DURING G20 SUMMIT
Aug 25, 2015
By Bob Komsic
A senior officer, who ordered two mass arrests of protesters at the Toronto summit in June 2010, has been found guilty of three of five charges against him.
In handing down his verdict at a disciplinary hearing, retired Ontario Superior Court judge John Hamilton said Tuesday, Superintendent David (Mark) Fenton is committed to serving the public, but lacked understanding of the public’s right to protest and had no responsible grounds to order the arrests.
Fenton was in charge of the downtown area June 26 and 27, 2010 when officers used the so-called ”kettling”tactic to surround and arrest hundreds of protesters, most of whom were never charged.
Fenton, the most senior officer charged in connection with the G20, will be sentenced December 21.
He could be reprimanded or dismissed from the police service.