Friday, August 06, 2010

G20 Arrests Continue

On August 5, 2010, Ryan Rainville was re-arrested charges stemming from the G20 Summit protest in Toronto in late June, 2010.

Waterloo Regional Police, working in collaboration with officers from the Toronto Police Service, arrived where Rainville's was currently staying in Waterloo yesterday to re-arrest the Indigenous Rights activist. He was out on bail at the time for other G20 related charges after originally spending six days in jail. He was taken to 52 Division and is now charged with causing mischief over $5000 and for allegedly assaulting a police officer.

According to a Toronto Media Co-op release, during his arrest, Rainville asked about the nature of the allegations - stating that he had never assaulted an officer in his life - and was told by plainclothes officers that 'he (did not use) a conventional weapon".

A close friend of Rainville described him as a, "deeply thoughtful intellectual and committed advocate for the rights of First Nations People."

Another G20 activist who was arrested, released and then re-arrested is Kelly Pflug-Back from Guelph, Ontario who turned herself to police on Wednesday July 21, 2010, after being publicly profiled the same day by police on one of its G20 Most Wanted lists.

Pflug-Beck had previously been arrested on conspiracy charges related to the G20 protests and released on bail. Police alleged she was involved in an attack on a police car occupied by Staff Sgt. Graham Queen and vandalism to stores on Yonge Street, including a McDonald's and Urban Outfitters and a CIBC branch on College Street, which lead to the new charges.

Rainville will appear in court again for a bail hearing on Monday August 9, 2010 at the 2201 Finch Avenue West court house.

Update: Friday August 6, 2010 @ 1:03 pm

The Toronto Police Service have released a presser stating that Ryan Rainville is charged with the following:

1) Assault Peace Officer with a Weapon,

2) Mischief Over,

3) Intimidation of Justice System Participant by Violence,

4) Fail to Comply with Undertaking.

By Krystalline Kraus; August 6, 2010 - posted on

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