CCTV cameras are playing a starring role in the arrests of several suspects charged with a litany of offences at the G-20 summit in 2010.
According to Timothy Appleby in The Globe and Mail this morning, extensive footage from surveillance cameras was instrumental in the arrest of several suspects, including Kevin Chianella, 20, of New York. Chianella faces charges of arson, assaulting police with a weapon and multiple counts of mischief endangering life. He is one of seven people – five Americans and two Canadians – still facing charges from that fateful weekend, with Chianella facing the most number of individual charges.
As Appleby writes, undercover officers with cameras congregated near one of the main intersection of rioters three years ago, while security colleagues overhead in helicopters and planes took more than 10,000 frames of surveillance footage. More materials arrived over the subsequent weeks – discs and memory sticks dropped off by private citizens, video from store cameras – until the database comprised more than 80,000 items.
The footage was used to establish identities and hometowns, leading to the arrests.
“Every one of these prosecutions will be identity-based,” said Detective Sergeant Gary Giroux, seconded from the homicide squad to lead the identification and roundup of the protesters on his hit list. “So if we can prove that the individual who’s masked is the individual sitting in court, they’ll be convicted.”