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Court Date For Cop Accused Of Assaulting G20 Protester

A Toronto police officer accused of assaulting a protester at the G20 summit had a scheduled court appearance Monday, but instead sent his lawyer in his place.

Const. Babak Andalib-Goortani is charged with assault with a weapon. His case has been put over until February 28.

He was allegedly involved in the violent arrest of Adam Nobody at the Ontario legislature on June 26.

The incident was captured on video and posted to YouTube.

Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit, which probes cases of death or injury involving police, originally concluded there appeared to be an excessive use of force. But the civilian agency said it was impossible to tell the identity of the officer from the video.

The case was later reopened.

During its new investigation, the SIU received two more videos of Nobody’s arrest and the Toronto police gave the agency names of 15 officers who might have been in the vicinity or involved in the arrest.

The SIU singled out three of those officers, but they refused to give statements. None of the 12 other officers said they could identify the officers in the video.

Toronto police then gave the SIU the name of one more witness police officer, who then identified one of the three officers as Andalib-Goortani.

With files from The Canadian Press.