G20 Police Brutality Lawsuits Settle

Press conference to be held in front of Toronto police headquarters

Press Conference
11 a.m.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Toronto Police Service Headquarters
40 College St. Toronto ON

April 17, 2013 - Three more G20 related lawsuits have been settled out of court. All three cases allege police brutality when protestors were forced out of Queen’s Park on the evening of June 26, 2010. The cases were filed in the Toronto Small Claims Court, each claiming $25,000 in damages.

In two of the lawsuits, Nikos Kapetaneas and Caitlin Morgan claim that riot police wearing gas masks ran at them and attacked a peaceful group with batons, pepper spray, kicks and punches. The couple were able to escape. The assault was captured on video and posted on youtube. A Toronto Star photographer captured the assault on Kapetaneas – in an attached photograph a TPS officer with no name tag is seen kicking Kapetaneas in the back.

In the third claim, Anna Grychtchenko claimed that she was assaulted and falsely arrested at Queen’s Park. Ms. Grychtchenko was thrown to the ground, punched in the side of the head by a police officer, and taken to the Eastern Avenue Detention Centre where she was held for 28 hours and then released without charge. She suffered a chipped tooth as well as lacerations and bruising on her head.

In two separate complaints made by Grychtchenko and Kapetaneas to the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD), Toronto Police Service officers were found to have used excessive force. PC Oliver Simpson (badge #9878) was found to have used excessive force against Kapetaneas. PC Matthew McCartney (badge #10174) was found to have used excessive force against Grychtchenko.

The OIPRD reports are available upon request. The Statements of Claim are attached to this release. A photograph of Ms. Grychtchenko is also attached showing some of her injuries.

Nikos Kapetaneas, Caitlin Morgan and Anna Grychtchenko will all attend the press conference and they will be available to answer questions. Their lawyer, Davin Charney, will also attend.

For more information contact Davin Charney
Cell: 226-747-2317
Email: davin@charneylaw.ca