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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Tonye Allen and Ann Brown U.S. Journalists Still in Toronto,Ontario, Canada


We're continuing to talk about what happened to Ann Brown and Tonye Allen in Toronto,Ontario, Canada. As you may recallTonye Allen, a U.S. citizen , who works as a professional photographer under the name "TRILOBITE" for many popular publications, and well known corporations, was beaten and arrested by police in Toronto last October. Allen was in the company of his fiance, Ann Brown, also an American citizen, who is a free-lance journalist in her own right. They were hailing a taxi to go to the airport to travel to South Africa when they were inexplicably attacked by police officers from the 51st Division in Toronto. They had committed no crimes, nor had they broken any laws.

This is an update on what is happening in Tonye Allen's case:

  • Allen has been charged with resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer.
  • Allen sustained more than a dozen serious injuries despite being unarmed and providing no resistance to the arresting officers. He merely inquired why he was being arrested. When his fiance, Ann Brown asked where Allen was being taken she was threatened with arrest.
  • More than a month ago during a hearing in Toronto, Ontario the court issued an order returning Tonye Allen's passport. With that order also came a change of bail requirements. He and Ann Brown can travel outside of Canada but they must return for court dates and the trial.
  • Tonye Allen has hired Canadian attorney Jason Bogle to represent him in this matter.
  • On Thursday, January 4, 2007 another hearing was held and adjourned until Monday, January 22, 2007.
  • Allen and Brown are raising funds from donations made by the public to cover legal costs and other expenses. If you wish to contribute go to
    Tonye Allen's Defense Fund for more information on how to donate.


  • Finally, we are hopeful this matter will soon be resolved. We ask you to join us in this sincere hope.



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    2 Comments:

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    We all know this is the usual for blacks everywhere.(and folks thought Canada was an exception--HA!) Perhaps they(police) thought they had good reason and as always with minorities feel justified and whether they do or not--they go on and do what they want, when they want and will get away with it. This has probably been an issue in Canada and this time it was captured and documented. Imagine, what doesn't day in day out in every city around the world!

    8:24 AM

     
    Anonymous Henry Gandolph said...

    We appreciate your comment.

    We are in the positive mode. We see Tonye Allen and Ann Brown receiving good news fo the matter being resolved to his complete satisfaction.

    12:20 AM

     

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