More charges laid against G20 protest figure
Aug, 12, 2010
TORONTO — A young Ontario woman accused of being one of the organizers of violent action during the G20 Summit in Toronto in June now faces 13 criminal charges.
The Crown laid additional charges Thursday during a bail hearing for Kelly Rose Pflug-Back, 21, of Norwood, Ont.
The new charges include conspiracy, intimidation of a police officer and obstruction of justice. She is currently in custody on seven counts of mischief over $5,000.
Pflug-Back is accused of smashing windows and destroying property at a number of downtown Toronto businesses including an Urban Outfitters, Adidas store, McDonald’s restaurant and a CIBC bank branch.
The University of Guelph student appeared for the hearing in a green prison jumpsuit.
Pflug-Back is alleged to be one of the organizers who used anarchist “Black Bloc” tactics, in which members dress in black with their faces concealed behind handkerchiefs to prevent police from knowing their identities. The group has been blamed for torching police cruisers and causing at least $250,000 in damages.
Pflug-Back’s parents, Douglas Back and Ursula Pflug, sat in the front row of the courtroom.
A temporary publication ban has been placed on evidence presented at the proceedings.
The young activist has been held in police custody since last month after turning herself in to police in Peterborough, Ont., when a warrant was issued for her arrest. Pflug-Back was also arrested during the G20 Summit but was released to her parents on $20,000 bond.
Last December, she was charged with assault for pushing an Olympic torchbearer in Guelph.
A justice of the peace may decide Thursday whether Pflug-Back will be released on bail.
Police announce new G20-related arrest
Aug. 11 2010
Toronto Police have announced the arrest of one man accused of G20-related crimes and the re-arrest of a second.
Police say Nicodemo Catenacci, 41, of Windsor has been arrested and charged with the following:
* breach of probation
Police allege he was involved in the burning of a police car at Queen Street West and Spadina Avenue on June 26, the first day of the G20 Summit in Toronto
A second man was re-arrested after being picked up, charged and released earlier in the summer, police said Wednesday.
“Jeffrey Delaney, 23, of Toronto, was first arrested and charged on July 19,” the G20 investigative team said Wednesday in a news release.
“He has been rearrested and charged with failing to comply with a recognizance.”
Delaney had previously been charged with mischief and attempted theft.
Meaghan Gray, a spokesperson for the G20 investigative team, told CTV News she believed the two were to have bail hearings this morning after being held in custody overnight.
Police had previously released a photo of Delaney, but not Catenacci, she said.
No allegations against the two have been proven in a court of law.
Catenacci’s arrest marks the 18th suspect picked up by the G20 investigative team, which is specifically looking into crimes committed by vandals using so-called Black Bloc tactics during the G20 summit.
A relatively small group of black-clad individuals emerged from a huge, peaceful anti-G20 march organized by the labour movement and went on a damage spree in the downtown core. They shattered windows and attacked police cruisers, with one police officer injured. Afterwards, they took off their black clothing and blended back into the crowds.
Gray said six cruisers were either burned or otherwise vandalized that day. The four burned cruisers were all write-offs. One of the two vandalized vehicles could be salvaged, she said. A fully-equipped police cruiser costs between $65,000 and $70,000, she said.
A total damage estimate to police vehicles and other property has not been released, Gray said.
Police cracked down on demonstrators after the Black Bloc outburst, with more than 1,100 people taken into custody. Some say this constitutes the largest mass arrest in Canadian history.
The police launched the G20 investigative team and solicited photos and video from the public in order to identify and apprehend those who carried out acts of vandalism and other crimes during the G20 weekend.
Since then, a class-action lawsuit has been launched against police in response to what the activist community has said were heavy-handed tactics that violated peoples’ civil liberties.
The Toronto Police Services Board announced last month that it would carry out an independent civilian review of G20 policing