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Call goes out for G20 judicial inquiry and Toronto police chief's resignation Add to ...

Civil rights activists want a judicial inquiry into what they call "police and political abuses" during the G20 summit in Toronto last June, and are demanding the resignation of the city's police chief.

Amnesty International, the Ontario Federation of Labour, the Council of Canadians and individual activists held a news conference Friday to say a series of reports and inquiries into the G20 weekend aren't enough.

They want a full judicial inquiry that looks not only at police abuses during the international summit, but at the politicians who directed the police and the summit itself.

Labour federation president Sid Ryan said Toronto police Chief Bill Blair should resign for allowing officers to hide behind the "thin blue line," but added politicians who gave the orders should also be fired.

He said a lot of heads should roll, starting with the Ontario government's Public Safety Minister because of the secret law the Liberals passed governing police powers during the G20.

York University political science professor David McNally said there is no alternative but for Chief Blair to resign if the public's faith in the judicial and policing systems is to be restored.

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