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Charge dropped against 1 of 2 officers charged with illegal G20 arrest

Disciplinary charges laid against one of two police officers who have pleaded not guilty to illegally arresting a lawyer during the violent G20 summit of June 2010 have been dismissed.

The prosecution conceded there was no evidence to support a guilt finding against Const. Jason Crawford.

Lawyer Nicholas Wright was cycling on Toronto’s Bloor Street when an officer stopped him, and said he was under arrest.

He says Const. Ryan Simpson gave him no reason for the arrest, but he was searched, handcuffed, and placed in the back of a cruiser.

Wright says he hadn’t done anything to warrant his detention.

Simpson is currently testifying in his own defence following the dismissal of the charges against his co-accused.