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.