On June 26, Adam Nobody was taken down at Queen’s Park by a number of officers and suffered a broken nose and a shattered cheek. Video footage appeared which showed the incident however Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair alleged that the film had been doctored. John Bridge, the videographer came forward and in a sworn affidavit recounted what he say as well as stating the video had not been doctored. Apparently he filmed the incident, turned off his camera fearing he too would have to run then realising he wasn’t being chased continued to film the entire incident.
After the chief’s comment, lawyers for Mr. Nobody demanded another look at the case. The SIU has now stated that another officer, a witness to the event has identified Constable Andalib-Goortani in the video and who has now been charged with assault with a weapon.
The video of Adam Nobody being taken down by police – June 26, 2010
Toronto G20 2010- Police take down random peaceful protesters. This guy was standing 5 feet away from me with his back to police when he is singled out and taken down by roughly 10 police in a hard tackle. Kneed, punched and pinned for doing nothing more than showing up with a poster. Never even saw it coming. Many other people were taken down the same way today. I saw people as young as 10 with their parents being knocked to the ground! This is deplorable. There is a reason to protest! This ridiculous paranoia if nothing else. Keep Canada free!!
The Toronto Star reported on November 25, 2010 the following conclusion:
"Adam Nobody, 27, was also at a demonstration at the legislature and started to run away as police ordered people to move back. As he ran Nobody was knocked to the ground by an officer in riot gear and arrested. He was treated in hospital for a fracture below his right eye.
In a video posted to YouTube the man can be seen running from six officers, then once on the ground they surround him, pin him to the ground and one of them can be seen quickly moving a closed fist in a striking motion in the area of Nobody’s head or upper body.
Two officers were designated as subject officers during the investigation, but they would not agree to be interviewed.
The SIU concluded there appeared to be an excessive use of force, but it’s impossible to tell the identity of the officer from the video. The arresting officer couldn’t be identified because the badge number on the arrest sheet didn’t correspond to an assigned badge number within the Toronto Police Service."
Agree with comment_content above. Thank God for Youtube and cell phone cameras. I’ve literally found over 100 police brutality vcomment_IDeos on Youtube filmed by cell phones in the past 2 years, half of them have criminal charges against the police officers involved.
Canada, the UK, and the US need a new law that says no one, even police, are above the law.
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