Update: One of my readers was quick to point out that the photo is not of the police officer but of Adam Nobody and that it is now embedded in the story. Thanks MF
A Toronto police officer is now charged with assaulting G20 protester Adam Nobody.
The provincial police watchdog Special Investigations Unit said Tuesday that Const. Babak Andalib-Goortani was charged with assault with a weapon.
The charge follows the SIU saying Nov. 25 that excessive force was used on Nobody on June 26 at Queen's Park but were unable to identify anyone in the video evidence, which was shown on YouTube.
The case regained momentum after Chief Bill Blair said on CBC Radio One on Nov. 29 that the video had been tampered with, and suggested Nobody was violent.
He said that the police were arresting a violent armed offender and that a segment depicting the use of a weapon had been removed from the tape, the SIU said.
The following day, videographer John Bridge told the SIU there was a gap of a few seconds in the tape because he thought the police were about to catch up to him. He turned off his camera and turned it on again when he saw Nobody arrested. There was no tampering or editing, he told the SIU.
The SIU took Bridge's sworn statement and reopened the probe into Nobody's arrest...........