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G20 Summit police report: Queen's University experts

2012-05-23

Queen’s University experts Vincent Mosco and David Murakami Wood are available to talk about today’s G20 Toronto Summit policing report by Ontario’s police watchdog. The Office of the Independent Police Review Director’s report is expected to be critical and focus on poor police commination.

Dr. Mosco is a professor emeritus in sociology and is an expert on social movements and protests. Please note he is based in Ottawa and available to go to downtown Ottawa studios for TV interviews.

Dr. Murakami Wood is a sociology professor who works at Surveillance Studies Centre at Queen’s which focuses on how government agencies monitor and control society. He says in recent years, the G8 and G20 summits have often been used by states to experiment with new security and surveillance technologies, such as 'less lethal' sonic weapons against protestors in Pittsburgh. He says where an understandable concern for the security is, events like the G20 summit should not be an excuse for 'exceptional' measures that contravene Canadian Charter rights.

Please note on Wednesday, May 16, Dr. Murakami Wood is only available until early afternoon for interviews.

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officers Michael Onesi at 613.533.6000 ext. 77513 or michael.onesi@queensu.ca or Anne Craig at 613-533-2877 or Anne.Craig@queensu.ca at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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