First G20 cop trial may hear today from the officer himself


TORONTO – The first trial of a Toronto police officer facing criminal charges in the G20 protests is expected to hear from the officer himself today.

Const. Glenn Weddell has pleaded not guilty to assault causing bodily harm and assault with a weapon.

Dorian Barton, 32, had gone down to the Ontario legislature with a friend to scope out the scene on June 26, 2010 during the G20 summit.

He says he was hit from behind while taking a picture of police horses and got knocked to the ground by what he believes was a riot shield, and he suspects that’s how he ended up with a broken shoulder.

A witness told the trial Monday that he saw a police officer charge at Barton, hit him with his riot shield, then hit him with his baton while Barton was on the ground.

Weddell’s lawyer, Peter Brauti, says neither two videos nor several photos of Barton’s arrest show any of that taking place.

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