Constable Babak Andalib-Goortani used excessive force in arresting Adam Nobody, court finds.
A Toronto police officer accused of using excessive force while arresting Adam Nobody, a 27-year-old G20 protester, has been found guilty of assault with a weapon. Nobody was arrested at Queen’s Park on June 26, 2010 by Constable Babak Andalib-Goortani; what was at issue in the case was not whether the arrest was appropriate, but the manner in which it was carried out.
Canadian Press is reporting that 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 found his defence that he was subduing Nobody’s resistance unpersuasive.
Andalib-Goortani is also facing 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 as 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.