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UPDATE: Police officer sentenced and granted bail in G20 assault case

Const. Babak Andalib-Goortani, convicted of assaulting a protester during the G20 summit, has been sentenced to 45 days in prison.

Const Babak Andalib-Goortani
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A Toronto police officer convicted of assaulting a protester during the G20 summit was granted bail pending an appeal after being sentenced Monday to 45 days in jail.

Const. Babak Andalib-Goortani was convicted in September of assault with a weapon for using excessive force during the arrest of protester Adam Nobody on June 26, 2010, on the lawn of the Ontario legislature.

Ontario Court Judge Louise Botham delivered the sentence after hearing submissions from both the Crown and defence.

``Citizens will respect the rule of law when they can be confident that those with the power to enforce our laws do so fairly,'' said Botham.

``When that trust is abused citizens need to know that police will be held accountable.''

The judge said it was an aggravating factor that Nobody was already on the ground surrounded by other officers at the time of the assault. She also noted Andalib-Goortani's name tag and badge weren't visible.

``I can only conclude this was a deliberate act on the defendant's part to make it harder for people to identify him.''

Crown attorney Philip Perlmutter had called for a short jail term or a conditional sentence that would send a message denouncing Andalib-Goortani's conduct.
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`The court by its sentence must send a message...that the rule of law will be respected, that those who abuse their positions of public trust and authority will be dealt with severely,'' Perlmutter said.

As it became clear the judge was going to send him to jail, Andalib-Goortani held his head in his hands. He was then led into custody by court officers.
His lawyer, Harry Black, had asked for his client to receive an absolute discharge.

Black said earlier on Monday that the officer had suffered enough already. He has post-traumatic stress disorder, his psychological state is fragile and his marriage has fallen apart, Black said, as Andalib-Goortani dabbed a tissue to his eyes.

``It seems inhuman to take the position now that he should be out of a job, take away his career, put him in jail or give him a conditional sentence,'' Black said. ``It's hard to imagine what motivates the Crown to say he should suffer some more. He should be penalized some more. He has not been hurt enough by this process.''

Shortly after he was sentenced, Andalib-Goortani was granted $7,500 bail pending an appeal.

Meanwhile, Nobody said the G20 incident had shaken his trust in the police.

``Your whole life you're brought up to believe cops were the good guys. Sometimes that gets shattered,'' he said following Andalib-Goortani's sentencing. ``And once that's shattered who do you trust? If I'm being burglarized who am I gonna call?''

Andalib-Goortani's trial took place in Toronto but the sentencing was moved to Brampton, Ont., where the judge brought in to hear the case normally sits.

Botham found that Nobody was minimally resisting arrest after he was tackled by other officers. Video footage shows him on the ground with officers piled on top of him. Moments before Andalib-Goortani delivers a second set of blows with his baton, another officer can be seen kneeing Nobody in the face.
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ore than 1,000 people were detained by police that weekend after protesters using so-called Black Bloc tactics broke away from a peaceful rally and ran through the downtown, smashing windows and burning police cruisers.

The vast majority of those detained were released without charge within 24 hours.

Andalib-Goortani was one of two officers to face criminal charges stemming from the arrests, but earlier this year Const. Glenn Weddell was acquitted.<

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  1. Jack posted on 12/09/2013 02:12 PM
    That sentence is 45 days too long; we should be giving him a medal for beating some sense into one of those anarchist scumbags.
    1. Mark7 posted on 12/09/2013 03:14 PM
      @Jack Way off base. Thoughts like yours lead to a police state. First you assume the arrest was warranted. As stated most of the 1000 arrested were released within 24 hours. Second, unreasonable force is never warranted.

      At lastly 45 days is considered "severe punishment" for laying a beat down on a person?! The Crown is out of tune with reality making this statement.
  2. Dave posted on 12/10/2013 01:56 AM
    Way to short of a sentence for a thug like him. Why is it that emigrants from Afghanistan/Pakistan/Gipsy lands come here and want to become abusive cops?! They were supposed to leave their old habits at home in those God forgotten countries.
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