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Officer Sentenced to 45 Days in Jail for G20 Assault

Constable Babak Andalib-Goortani sentenced for assault with a weapon in G20 attack on Adam Nobody.

In September, a Toronto police officer, Constable Babak Andalib-Goortani, was found guilty of assault with a weapon, for an incident that took place during the G20. A judge found that Andalib-Goortani used excessive force while arresting Adam Nobody, a 27-year-old G20 protester, at Queen’s Park on June 26, 2010. Canadian Press is reporting that today Andalib-Goortani was sentenced to 45 days of jail time.

Andalib-Goortani’s lawyer confirmed that his client will be appealing the decision.

At his conviction in September, Justice Louise Botham commented in her decision that “a police officer is not entitled to use unlimited force to affect an arrest.” She found that the force Andalib-Goortani used was unnecessary and that his defence—that he was subduing a resistant Nobody—was unpersuasive.

Andalib-Goortani still faces a second charge of assault with a weapon—one involving former Torontoist writer Wyndham Bettencourt-McCarthy. She was reporting on the G20 protests for us at Queen’s Park, on the same day Adam Nobody was arrested. Andalib-Goortani was charged in that second case on February 1, 2011; no court date has yet been set for the trial.


  • tyrannosaurus_rek

    Would Nobody only serve 45 days if he’d assaulted Andalib-Goortani, or anyone else for that matter, with a weapon?

    • rich1299

      I think it’d depend greatly on the circumstances if it had been anybody else, I could imagine situations where someone might just get probation but in a brutal beating like Nobody was subjected to it’d almost certainly would be be a longer sentence. If it had been a cop assaulted like that he’d be doing several years at least regardless of the circumstances.

      I wonder if soap bubbles count as a weapon? If officer Bubbles had arrested the bubble blowing protestor I could just see the the Sun’s headline “Anarchist Chemical Attack On Cop”

  • Patrick_Metzger

    Will he still be a cop when he gets out?

    • Bob Dunkin

      Well, with the appeal, and the second charge not yet completed, and everything that has to be done to actually fire him (Board meetings, and many other hoops to jump through), it’s likely he still WILL be a cop when he gets out.

    • Kevin W

      Any officer charged with a criminal offence will also get charged with a disciplinary discreditable conduct offence, which gets stayed pending the outcome of the criminal proceedings. My guess is if he loses all the appeals then he’ll resign before he’s fired (resigning immediately ceases all disciplinary hearings).

  • rich1299

    So just one cop out of the many hundreds who assaulted peaceful
    protestors that weekend gets charged and convicted. Is this supposed to
    regain our confidence in the system? if so its not working.

    • dsmithhfx

      This, habitually gunning down people manifesting mental health issues, and letting hizzoner drive around inebriated, scoring and consuming drugs, all the the while supposedly ‘under police surveillance’, all point to a profound rot at the very core of so-called ‘policing’. I’m thinking the entire management and TPSB need sacking. They simply cannot do what we’re paying them for, even at a premium..

    • tyrannosaurus_rek

      Not to mention the top cop who lied to the public about our rights and invented fake laws to enforce.