The City of Montreal will pay more than $3 million to hundreds of protesters whose rights were violated by city police.
The settlement ends eight long-running class action lawsuits against the city alleging that participants in six protests were illegally arrested or detained by police and were unable to exercise other fundamental rights.
The law firm representing class members said in a court-approved post earlier this week that the city will also publish an apology on its website acknowledging that “certain actions” by the city police and council violated protesters’ fundamental rights.
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The protests, which took place between June 2012 and March 2014, included marches against police brutality and a city ordinance limiting protests, as well as a demonstration on the one-year anniversary of the start of student protests against tuition increases.
The settlement is subject to approval by the Quebec Superior Court. A hearing is scheduled for December 21.
The City of Montreal has agreed to pay a total of $6 million to settle the eight lawsuits and eight other similar class actions.
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