About 1,100 people arrested during the G20 summit in Toronto in 2010 are getting paid out.
A $16.5-million settlement has been reached in the class-action lawsuit.
Each person will get between $5,000 and $24,700, “depending on their experiences.”
“For me and hundreds of others, being suddenly surrounded and held captive by frightening numbers of riot police when we had done nothing at all, going through violent and unlawful arrests, and then being thrown into a nightmare detention centre, was a stunning and horrifying experienced,” said Thomas Taylor, a class representative. “I believe that this settlement agreement does bring about some justice and I hope and I think that our freedom of expression rights will now be better respected for a long time to come.”
Those who were wrongfully detained must also have the arrest expunged from their record.
Under Ontario class action laws, a class action settlement must be reviewed by a Superior Court Judge for final approval and the settlement agreement is up for approval October 19.