The cover of the Toronto Star on December 9, 2010, when we first learned that the constable charged with assault on Adam Nobody may have been the one who hit one of our staff writers, Wyndham Bettencourt-McCarthy.
In a press release issued by the Toronto Police Service this morning, we learned that Constable Babak Andalib-Goortani, age thirty and assigned to 31 Division, has been charged with a second count of assault in connection with last summer’s G20. Constable Andalib-Goortani has already been charged with one G20-related assault, on Adam Nobody, and we believe—but have been unable to confirm—that the victim in this second charge is Torontoist contributor Wyndham Bettencourt-McCarthy, who was outside Queen’s Park that day reporting on G20 protests for us and hit by a police officer while doing so. From the TPS press release:
It is alleged that: on Saturday, June 26, 2010, Constable Andalib-Goortani assaulted a woman by hitting her with his baton, in the area of Queen’s Park. On Tuesday, February 1, 2011, Constable Andalib-Goortani was arrested and charged with Assault with a Weapon.
In an article published December 9, 2010, the Toronto Star revealed that there was every reason to believe that Constable Andalib-Goortani was the same officer who pursued and hit Wyndham. It is, however, theoretically possible that yesterday’s charge does not pertain to Wyndham, but to another victim who was present on the scene at that same day and time—that while Andalib-Goortani may have pursued Wyndham, she might not have been the only person he pursued.
The charge laid yesterday was triggered by a complaint received by the Office of the Independent Police Review Director. In a phone call this morning the OIPRD told us that they do not confirm victim’s identities, and they cannot confirm whether Wyndham filed a complaint with them. (Wyndham herself is out of the country right now, and is unavailable by phone or email. She did confirm some time ago, however, that she had filed a complaint.) Mark Pugash, with corporate communications at TPS, similarly told us that: “we don’t release names of victims in any cases…The case is now before the courts.”
Andalib-Goortani is scheduled to appear in court at College Park on Monday, March 7, 2011.