Toronto Mayor David Miller spoke to the press today about events surrounding the G20. Miller gave high praise to the police and demanded the federal government cover costs to repair damaged property.
At a press conference this morning at Toronto City Hall, Mayor David Miller applauded the work of the Toronto Police during the G20.
Miller initially requested the summit take place at the CNE but was over-ruled by the federal government.
The federal government said it would not be paying for damage to local business as a result of protests. Miller is demanding the feds be held accountable.
"First of all I would like to thank Torontonians for their patience this weekend," said Miller. "I would like to thank local businesses for their patience and partnership with the city of Toronto. I would also like to thank the Toronto Police Service who I believe did an extraordinary job in almost impossible circumstances."
Miller said there were people who came to Toronto for the sole purpose of committing violent acts.
"City staff is working with the federal government for compensation," he said. "Toronto will be getting back to normal. Please enjoy your city over the next few days. The biggest message we can give to those criminals is to say we are putting you behind us." Miller added, "We're proud of our city and we're taking it back for ourselves."
Many of the questions posed to Miller had to do with Sunday night's detainment of hundreds of people during a downpour. Many of those detained were simply at the wrong place at the wrong time. Miller said the police had evidence that some of the thugs were mixed into that group. In the end those people were allowed to leave the area but only after hours standing in the rain in plastic cuffs.
"I don't think we should second guess our police," he said.
In the end, critics argue Toronto may not have gained anything from hosting the G20 Summit. The summit did not bring the city any gains, Miller said. The event is known for the violence.
Miller said Toronto will not allow thugs to take away from the positives the city has to offer and that he was putting the G20 behind him.