Police questioned about 2010 G8 tactics

May 14, 2012 at 3:12 PM
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TORONTO, May 14 (UPI) -- A review of police conduct during 2010 summit meetings in Canada gave good marks to the police, but questioned tactics in one incident, a report said.

The conclusions of the Commission for Public Complaints Against the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, which analyzed police response at the Group of Eight summit in Huntsville, Ontario, and the Group of 20 summit in Toronto were largely positive. Interim commission Chairman Ian McPhail told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. in an interview Monday "on balance" police "did a pretty good job," with "no credible threats against any foreign visitor and no security breach."

The report shed new light on a Toronto incident June 27, 2010, when Ontario and city police boxed in hundreds of rain-soaked protesters for several hours, a tactic called "kettling." McPhail said it was not "RCMP policy," adding that, on the issue of crowd control, the policy is to offer an exit, but once on site, the RCMP was reporting to Toronto police.

The report showed the police officer supposedly in charge at the time could not be located for two hours, CBC News said.

The RCMP arrested five people at the scene, "two of whom turned out to be undercover Toronto police officers," McPhail said.

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