Another G20 arrest made as police board meeting looms
A police car burns after being set on fire by anti G20 protesters in downtown Toronto on Saturday, June 26, 2010. (Asad Munir / MyNews.CTV.ca)
The Toronto police G20 investigative team has announced the arrest of a new individual in connection with vandalism on the summit weekend in June and new charges against a second person.
Lekang Mdlongwa, 31, of Toronto has been charged with arson (damage to property) and wearing a disguise with intent to commit an indictable offence.
Ashan Ravindhararaj, 25, of Toronto had previously been charged with arson (damage to property) and two counts of mischief over $5,000.
His new charges include failure to comply with a recognizance and obstructing a peace officer.
"Both are alleged to have been involved with damage done to Toronto Police Service property," Toronto police said Friday in a news release.
No allegations against the two have been proven in a court of law.
Meanwhile, the Toronto Police Services Board will have a special meeting Tuesday to consider a report from Alok Mukherjee, the board's chair, on the terms of reference for an independent civilian review of policing during the summit.
The summit, hosted by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, of 20 world leaders to discuss the global economy took place on June 26 and 27 in the downtown core.
A relatively small group using so-called Black Bloc tactics attacked downtown businesses and destroyed or damaged six police cars. In response, the police made more than 1,100 arrests.
The police's behaviour as they struggled to restore order has triggered two class-action lawsuits to date.
A personal lawsuit was filed Tuesday. A Montreal woman, Natalie Gray, is suing for more than $1.6 million.
Gray alleges that she was hit twice with police rubber bullets on June 27 as she protested peacefully.
On Aug. 23, the Crown withdrew a criminal charge of obstructing a police officer against her.
None of Gray's allegations against the police have been proven in a court of law. The defendants have yet to file a statement of defence.