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Kelly Pflug-Back Sentenced
July 19, 2012 permalink
Addendum: Convicted Black Bloc vandal Kelly Pflug-Back has been sentenced. At the time of the G20 summit Kelly spoke out in an interview criticizing children's aid. The National Post article includes a picture of her smashing a police car during that event. This is the kind of opposition least likely to lead to positive reform.
G20 protester Kelly Pflug-Back gets 15 months in prison for smashing police cars, store windows
A protester using Black Bloc tactics who smashed police cars and store windows during Toronto G20 protests two years ago has been sentenced to 15 months in prison.
Kelly Pflug-Back, 23, received four months credit for pretrial custody and restrictive bail, leaving her 11 months to serve.
“Society’s abhorrence for those employing the Black Bloc tactic is clear… The message of this court must be clear,” Justice John McMahon said Thursday in passing sentence.
Pflug-Back was convicted of seven counts of mischief and one of wearing a disguise during the 2010 summit protests, where she aligned herself with a group of black-clad vandals who rampaged through the downtown core. The court has heard Pflug-Back guided other protesters as she stormed through the streets, attacking police cars and bashing store signs and windows.
Crown attorney Elizabeth Nadeau, who had requested a sentence of 18 to 24 months, said the city was “horrified and overwhelmed” by the brazen crimes, which “likened the downtown core to a war zone.”
But Pflug-Back’s lawyer had asked for a conditional sentence in lieu of jail time, attempting to distance his client from the more destructive aims of some other protesters using Black Bloc tactics and playing up her broader interests in social justice.
Source: National Post