TORONTO OFFICER BEHIND G-20 SUMMIT ARRESTS REPRIMANDED
Jun 15, 2016
By Bob Komsic
The senior police officer, who ordered mass detentions and arrests during the G20 summit in Toronto in June 2010, has been reprimanded and will lose 30 paid days.
Convicted last year by a police tribunal of exceeding his authority and discreditable conduct, Superintendent Mark Fenton was sentenced Wednesday.
The prosecution wanted a year-long demotion, the defence had asked for a reprimand or docking of vacation pay while those detained or arrested had wanted Fenton to be fired.
Retired justice John Hamilton, who presided over the misconduct trial, says the officer was ”motivated by fear. The fear did not justify the actions taken but it was relevant to Fenton’s motivation … the protection of property, the public and the G20 delegates.”
Hamilton went on to say the officer’s conduct was ”condoned by his superiors,” that he should have been stopped by them but that it never happened and in fact Fenton was commended by then police chief Bill Blair.