Lawsuit alleges 5 assaulted by officers at clearing of Toronto homeless encampment – Toronto

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TORONTO — Five people who showed up to support residents of a homeless encampment in Toronto as it was being dismantled this summer have launched a lawsuit alleging they were assaulted by police.

The lawsuit was filed by Ollie D’Agostino, Skyler Williams, Callista Durose-Moya, Ellie Adekur and Keith Cameron, who were at the Lamport Stadium encampment on July 21.

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It names as defendants the City of Toronto, the Toronto Police Services Board and four officers.

In a statement of claim, the defendants say they came, along with many others, to peacefully observe and prevent the encampment residents’ homes from being destroyed.

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They allege they were attacked and injured by the officers in what they call a display of “excessive, unreasonable” force.

The allegations have yet to be tested in court. The city and police board did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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