July 5, 2010
Numerous journalists covering protests during the G20 summit in Toronto, Canada, have been strip-searched by police.
Amy Miller, one of the four journalists who have now filed complaints with Ontario’s police watchdog, has told of her ordeal in police detention.
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She says she was physically assaulted and was threatened with gang rape.
“We were on our way to cover the Jail Solidarity Action. On the way, we stopped because we saw a group of young people being detained and being searched, so we wanted to see what was happening,” said Miller as she was recounting the trauma she had been through.
“I was throttled at the neck and held down, and then I was detained for nearly thirteen hours. I was placed in a cell at the Toronto Film Studio, and I was in a cell with twenty-five other young women for approximately thirteen hours,” the young journalist said.
“Throughout the time that I was detained, … I was told I was going to be raped; I was told I was going to be gang-banged; I was told that they were going to make sure that I was never going to want to act as a ‘journalist’ again, by making sure that I would be repeatedly raped while I was in jail,” said Miller.
“When I was in the detention center, I saw numerous young women who were completely strip-searched, …they were definitely traumatized, and there was very much violence that was targeted toward young women,” she added.
“While I was detained, it was very obvious that there was profiling going on,” said Miller.
The journalists were arrested as they were covering a demonstration in front of a hotel in downtown Toronto.
Canadian police have been condemned by local and international news agencies for using excessive force against protesters.