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G20 officer sombre at SIU appearance

Const. Babak Andalib-Goortani stepped out of a Ford SUV yesterday morning, buttoned his grey suit jacket over a blue shirt and walked into the Special Investigation Unit headquarters of his own accord.

Const. Babak Andalib-Goortani stepped out of a Ford SUV yesterday morning, buttoned his grey suit jacket over a blue shirt and walked into the Special Investigation Unit headquarters of his own accord.

The 30-year-old officer, who was working the day before at 31 Division’s traffic unit — where one officer referred to him as “Bob” — looked sombre and remained tight-lipped.

He is the first officer charged with assaulting a G20 protester. The spotlight pointed squarely on him.

As is standard protocol when someone is charged with a criminal offence, Andalib-Goortani was fingerprinted and had his photo taken at the SIU’s lab. He was served a summons, asking him to appear in court Jan. 24. Accompanied by his lawyer, the whole process took approximately 20 minutes.

The single charge was laid by the police watchdog Tuesday after a single officer identified the constable as the nameless, badgeless cop who was seen in a video wielding a baton against protester Adam Nobody.

 
 
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