Toronto G20 Summit

Posted: April 1, 2013 by alishakhan13 in Toronto G20 2010

The documentary “You should have stayed home” depicts various controversial issues that deal with the Toronto G20 Summit. The many issues surrounding the G20 Summit include citizens just simply wanting to watch what was going on, but found themselves dragged forcibly by police officers and locked up and taken to detention centers (CBCnews 2011). In addition, these citizens were not able to seek medical attention nor were they allowed to get access to their lawyers. The police officers and the riot squad were essentially partaking in brutality in context to utilizing batons and using force on citizens who were not causing any mischief. It is obvious after watching the documentary that a minority of citizens did compel the police officers and riot squad to engage in utilizing force. But it was not necessary for the officers to use excessive force causing bodily harm. It is deemed to be obvious for citizens who were mistreated by officers to sue or lodge a complaint against these officers for their actions. Many of the individuals who were mistreated by officers did eventually sue and lodge complaints against the officers that engaged in police brutality.

The act of police brutality by officers was eventually exposed by citizens who brought their phones and cameras to record the protest. It was the recordings and images by these citizens that brought the attention to news broadcasts and the chief officer to find out what really happened at the G20 Summit. Many of the officers in the documentary displayed the actions of illegally arresting peaceful protesters, as well these officers were using their batons and forcibly dragging these protestors to get them to stop protesting. It was wrong for these officers to have taken action like they did, because it did cause injury to many of the citizens. Police brutality shown in the documentary was immensely portrayed as officers using excessive force when it was not deemed necessary. I felt that the officers did not try to do anything without using force even when the protesters did start their protesting. The officers were just standing there watching for quite some time, but when it the crowd got louder that’s when officers starting using force. From the video footage, there were no individuals resisting arrest nor were they fighting back. It is understandable for officers to arrest individuals to calm them down, but forcibly dragging them while they are arrested or cooperating should not have caused officers to engage in such vile acts.

The title of the documentary pretty much displays what should have happened at the Toronto G20 Summit. Majority of the individuals “should have stayed home.” If these citizens had stayed home they would not have been beaten by officers nor would they be forcibly dragged and put into detention centers. In addition, they would not have to be put in a situation where they were to engage in illegal acts. Setting cars on fire, and rampaging mobs were some of the illegal acts by many of the individuals (CBCnews 2011). Although, It is visible in the documentary that many citizens did compel officers to engage in the acts they did, it was the job of the officers to secure the area and not engage in police brutality. All in all, it was the fault of the officers for using excessive force when not deemed necessary, and it was their responsibility to keep citizens out of the trouble without using force. I may have various opinions on the G20 Summit, but I do blame the officers mostly. Because they engaged in brutality and the issue could have been dealt with in other ways other than brutality, it was still their responsibility to keep the protest peaceful and not let it aggravate.


The Fifth Estate. (2011, February 25). You should have stayed home: G20 untold stories. CBCnews. Retrieved from

  1. Mike Larsen says:

    Interesting post. You note that:

    “If these citizens had stayed home they would not have been beaten by officers nor would they be forcibly dragged and put into detention centers. In addition, they would not have to be put in a situation where they were to engage in illegal acts.”

    I wonder – does this statement not imply that citizens simply ought not to engage in collective actions, protests, and demonstrations? Doubtless, this would make it less likely that citizens would be injured by police, but what does it say about the status of a democracy when people, fearing police brutality, decide that “we should stay home” rather than engage in protest?

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