Verdict due today in trial of police officer accused of assaulting G20 protester

TORONTO – A judge is set to deliver a verdict today in the case of a Toronto police officer charged with assaulting a protester at the city’s G20 summit three years ago.

The Crown has argued that Constable Babak Andalib-Goortani was overwhelmed by the chaos and “lashed out” at the protester, hitting him with a baton after the man had been wrestled to the ground.

Thirty-year-old stage hand Adam Nobody was singled out for arrest at a demonstration on June 26, 2010 at the Ontario legislature and was tackled as he ran from police.

Andalib-Goortani’s lawyer told court his client saw four other officers struggling to restrain Nobody on the ground and jabbed Nobody with his baton three times toward his thigh.

Harry Black said in his closing arguments that his client’s actions were a “textbook example” of police training.

Andalib-Goortani has pleaded not guilty to assault with a weapon.