Police surround a group of activists during a protest at the G20 Summit in Toronto on Saturday, June 26, 2010
The Canadian Press
An Ontario court is allowing hundreds of people detained during the G20 summit in Toronto four years ago to proceed with a class-action lawsuit.
The suit was stalled last year when a judge ruled it couldn't proceed as a class action because its "broad, sweeping nature" was viewed as problematic.
But a Divisional Court panel hearing an appeal of that ruling has now cleared the way for the suit to move forward.
In a unanimous decision, Justice Ian Nordheimer wrote on behalf of the panel that police actions alleged in the suit, if proven, would have "violated a basic tenet of how police in a free and democratic society are expected to conduct themselves."
More than 1,000 people were detained by police during the G20 summit in June 2010 after protesters using so-called Black Bloc tactics broke away from a peaceful rally and ran through the downtown, smashing windows and burning police cruisers.
The vast majority of those detained were released without charge within 24 hours.