Toronto officer charged for alleged G20 assault

A police officer has (finally) been charged in connection with the G20. Constable Babak Andalib-Goortani has been arrested for assault with a weapon and is scheduled to appear in court on January 24, 2011.

The Toronto Star, who takes partial credit for this development, reports that both a video they provided and one offered by the public aided the Special Investigations Unit in making the arrest. "There are reasonable grounds to believe that an officer . . . committed a criminal offence in connection with the arrest of Adam Nobody on June 26," said Ian Scott, director of the SIU.

Toronto police chief Bill Blair originally contended that a YouTube video that depicts the alleged assault of Nobody by a number of officers was tampered with. Though Blair later apologized, Scott credited the additional materials provided to the his team: "The SIU would like to thank videographer John Bridge for coming forward and sharing both the manner in which he shot his video, permitting himself to be identified and providing the Unit with his original video footage of the incident.... The media and other members of the public also played a pivotal role in assisting the investigation."

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