CTV: Toronto police sued for $1.4M over G20 ‘hairy legs’ profiling

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    CTV: Toronto police sued for $1.4M over G20 ‘hairy legs’ profiling

    A group of seven protesters from Hamilton, Ont. are suing Toronto police for $1.4 million, claiming they were unfairly profiled, arrested and mistreated during the G20 summit.
    The lawsuit claims his clients were arrested without reason, held for more than 24 hours in a detention centre and, in some cases, sexually assaulted, before they were released without charges.
    Charney said Toronto police unfairly profiled his clients, and arrested them because they appeared to be protesters based on their clothing and physical features, which included women with hairy legs.
    “They followed a profile that was created by senior Toronto Police Service officers in targeting these seven individuals,” Charney told reporters outside Toronto police headquarters Wednesday.
    “That profile included markers such as people who have backpacks, lawyers’ numbers on their arms, people with Quebec licence plates, people speaking French, people wearing black clothing.
    “My clients fit into that profile, to some extent. And that is why they were arrested, and that is why many people were arrested during the G20.”
    The group of seven claims they were wrongfully arrested on June 27, 2010, one day after protesters rampaged in downtown Toronto as world leaders gathered for a summit.
    Charney said the group had just come out of a downtown pizza shop when they were surrounded by police, handcuffed, and held for more than 24 hours at a makeshift detention centre. They were eventually released without charges.
    Plaintiff Alicia Ridge further alleges she was sexually assaulted during a roadside strip search.
    She told reporters she was frisked by a male officer, despite there being female officers in the near vicinity, before she was arrested.
    “It was a fairly pathetic rendition of a search, in that it was just a quick run of a hand up the leg followed by a swift (expletive deleted) grab. And there were lots of sexualized comments that went along with it,” she said on Wednesday.
    Officers shouted derogatory and homophobic slurs, and told her to shave her legs, she said.
    Charney says that one of his clients asked officers for the reason they were being arrested and was told police “would make one up.”

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