Senior Toronto police officer found guilty on G20 charges

A senior Toronto police officer has been found guilty of three charges of unnecessary exercise of authority and discreditable conduct related to the G20 “kettling” incidents in 2010.

At a Toronto Police Service tribunal Tuesday morning, Superintendent Mark Fenton, the officer in charge of Toronto Police resources on the ground during the G20 protests in downtown Toronto, was found guilty of two charges of unnecessary exercise of authority at Toronto’s Novotel Hotel and at the intersection of Queen Street and Spadina Avenue – the sites of two mass arrests in June, 2010.

Supt. Fenton was also found guilty of one charge of discreditable conduct in the Queen and Spadina incident, where more 200 people – including innocent bystanders – were held in the rain for hours.

  • Icebow

    Does Canadian law recognize the concept of false imprisonment?

    • FactsWillOut

      Law does. Law enforcement does not.

  • FactsWillOut

    What about officer bubbles, and that asshole who said “This is a constitution free zone now” or whatever? And that other jerk who confiscated a guys crossbow from the trunk of his car?

  • andycanuck

    I hope this doesn’t adversely affect former-Chief Blair’s run for office. Oh. I forgot. The MSM isn’t linking him to it so he doesn’t have to worry.

    Boy! That was a close one!

    • Woe. Hugh Grant has really gone to hell, looks-wise.

      • andycanuck

        Trannies will do that to you. So I understand. From a friend. Acquaintance.

    • eMan14

      Seems like he is taking one for the “team”.
      Does anyone recall how many protesters who did commit acts of vandalism were actually charged? And found guilty?

    • Pitiful.

  • simus1

    The problem is we have too many police and not enough punishment battalions.

    • What is a… “punishment battalion”, may I ask?

      • pike bishop

        A very efficient way to clear mine fields.

        • Yeah. No. What is it actually?

          • pike bishop

            Sorry for interrupting, I should have let simus answer.
            The way I heard it was that shortly after WW2 was won an American general & a Russian general were discussing the hazards of clearing minefields. The American said he unleashed a barrage of artillery into the mine field to explode the mines. The Russian general said “I march a (penal) battalion of infantry over them”.

          • Thanks for the explanation.

            I’m still not clear on whether it’s the protesters or the cops who should be being marched over the minefields.

          • eMan14

            My viewpoint would be to put whomever orders such a thing, to be the ones who would march on those minefields.

      • simus1

        The phrase is commonly used to refer to virtually or actually imprisoned “Dirty Dozen” like small groups of people in large organizations who have made serious errors of omission or committed acts of outright criminality.

        One famous real example were the Bats d’ Af(rique):

        The members being punished were eligible to reach the unit via two possible scenarios: one as criminals whose long sentences had caused them to fall outside the usual military conscription criteria limits by the time they were released from prison. The second route was to have done something so naughty as a member of the French Foreign Legion that banishing the offender was thought the best option.

        These offenders also served in various and sundry wars within their units and acquitted themselves well considering their miserable lives. Apparently being distracted from their usual inner foibles by exciting outside goals, events, and actions was a powerful stimulus which changed their mental processes.

        • El Martyachi

          I don’t they’re allowed anymore. Not enough diversity.

      • El Martyachi

        … sounds kinda kinky if’s ya asks me.

  • andycanuck

    Disqus might be acting up again. If so, here’s a twitter link about this:

  • Ron MacDonald

    The Black Bloc accomplished its goal.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    “unnecessary exercise of authority”?
    That sounds like one of the old Soviet legal or criminal charges.

  • SDMatt

    The combination of nothing being done about the vandalism along Queen over to and up Yonge street and then along College to right in front of their own headquarters coupled with their boxing in of thousands at Queen and Spadina on that rainy Sunday is where the cops lost me forever.


    • andycanuck

      Yes. They weren’t prepared for the first day of rioting that they let happen; and then overreacted the second day grabbing everyone in the area.

  • Maurixio Garciasanchez

    It makes sense he was convicted for that , now who is next , who planned the billion dollars G20 meetings ? That’s a fraud justice should be for everybody no matter who the person is , or whatever government position she or he holds .

  • Justin St.Denis

    Canadian citizens should strenuously object to the holding of “international” anything in the country until our police forces learn to suppress the urge to use such occasions to channel their latent fascist tendencies.

    • eMan14

      That and not put a high security event in the middle of Toronto.

    • They were often completely out of control. Not all of them but it is still scary to realize how unprofessional and clearly unqualified vast numbers of the police services really are.

  • Gary

    And he took his orders from who????????

    Blair and McGuinty are gone so they found some sucker to pay for their fascism.

    • Alain

      Exactly and in truth that is where the real responsibility lies.

  • Ho Hum

    Justice delayed is justice denied. It is a disgrace that it took 5 years to convict this cop. He will probably retire with a full pension to avoid any punishment and of course Bill Blair is beyond reach.

    I remember the events of that weekend well. On Saturday Blair ordered his riot officers to stand-down while “black-block” vandals went on a rampage downtown. There are video’s on Youtube of officer’s passively standing-down one block away from where windows were being smashed. Not one cop took action on Saturday to stop the vandalism. Not one! There are also video’s of undercover cops dressed in black-block garb! How much of the vandalism was encouraged by police? Is that why Blair had the riot officers stand-down? He couldn’t have his own undercover “black block” cops arrested?

    The next day they kettled a group of peaceful protesters AND shoppers on Queen Street and subjected them to illegal arrests. There were young girls (some underage!) shopping on Queen street who were caught up in this dragnet. They were thrown in the detention center and subjected to repeated strip searches and cavity searches – in some cases witnessed by Male officers and in other cases most likely witnessed by bull-dyke female officers (most female officers are DYKES and UGLY ones at that!) . In essence they were subject to sexual assaults and not one person went to jail. The deputy Chief overseeing the detention center – Jeff McGuire – joined the Niagara Police Force shortly after the G20 so as to avoid being brought to justice under the police act.

  • Ho Hum

    At the time of the G20 we did not know Bill Blair’s political leanings. Now that we know that he is a Liberal I wonder if Blair’s decision to order the riot police to stand down was a political decision to make Harper look bad in light of the resulting vandalism and lawlessness? This is a question the media and Blair’s political opponents should be asking him. There was just no other reason that I can see for Blair ALLOWING the city to be vandalized.

    • To add to this – his MP candidacy also explains why he was diligent in investigating Rob Ford for such a long time.

  • barryjr

    And what about his boss, who is supposed to be supervising his subordinates? What about the members of the city police board that allowed this to happen?