Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Globe and Mail plays apologist for the Toronto Police

Instead of decrying the obvious ploy by the Toronto Police of offering up just one officer to assage public anger, we get this piece meant to make us feel guilty in attacking any officer at all.

Bad public, how dare you.

This past fall, as Ontario’s police watchdog unsuccessfully tried to identify officers accused of roughing up a G20 protester, Constable Babak Andalib-Goortani was on a humanitarian mission delivering de-commissioned ambulances to El Salvador.

The 30-year-old policeman was charged Tuesday, after a second probe by the Special Investigations Unit, with assaulting Adam Nobody during the summit last June...

...Rev. Hernan Astudillo, who organizes the effort, said the officer navigated for the group. He described him as quiet, respectful and generous, with a penchant for buying food to share. He also went by “Bob” or “Bobby,” he said.

“I could see he was a good man with a good heart,” Father Astudillo said.

Read more here.

If he is just a good man, why did someone at the police finger him as a G20 criminal?

Something is rotten in Denmark. Like the fact at least 2 other officers are letting Const. Babak Andalib-Goortani take this one alone...

On Tuesday, the SIU announced they had a witness — and enough evidence — to proceed with a charge against Andalib-Goortani.

But SIU investigators said they also have evidence against two more officers. The trouble is they can't identify them and despite interviewing 12 other officers — described as witness officers — their identities remain unknown.

Read more here.

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