Toronto after-hours club The Comfort Zone is suing police for $23 million
The Comfort Zone, an after-hours club residing in Toronto, has filed a $23 million lawsuit against Toronto Police due to what it believes to be eight years of “intimidation and abuse of power.” Following the death of a 26-year-old male because of a GHB overdose in January 2008, officials set into motion Operation White Rabbit. Since then, police have made a number of aggressive attempts to permanently shut down the club – including a raid in which “officers destroyed surveillance equipment, smashed electronics and communications systems and other damage.”
The Comfort Zone alleges that within the last eight years, officers have plagued the club more than 50 times, intimidating both staff and patrons through random searches and flashlights that were shoved into people’s faces. The lawsuit requests $20 million in damages, $2 million in punitive and aggravated damages, and $1 million in exemplary damages, with thirty people charged in 2008’s raid.
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