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Toronto Police officer Babak Andalib-Goortani, 30, charged in G20 alleged assault on Adam Nobody.

York Regional officer at protest in Toronto G20

Toronto – December 22/2010 – The Special Investigation Unit (SIU) of Ontario just laid charges against Babak Andalib-Goortani (of 31 division traffic detail) a Toronto Police Service (TPS) officer for assault with a weapon on Adam Nobody at the G20 summit in Toronto in June 2010.

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His actions were captured on a YouTube video during the summit and just recently released to the Toronto Star (Canada’s largest newspaper) and it clearly showed his face but his nametag (badge) had been removed so it was difficult to identify him. He along with other officers are alleged to have beaten Mr. Nobody for no apparent reason and alleged that he had a weapon and was later denounced by Police Chief Bill Blair.

Toronto Police Chief

In a recently released statement from the SIU they said, “There are reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offense in connection with the arrest of Adam Nobody on June 26th,” said SIU director Ian Scott.

Chief Blair had also claimed when the video was released that his “forensic people had checked it and found it to be doctored, and was significantly tampered with and fabricated.” which he later retracted and gave a full apology to Mr. Nobody.

Mr Nobody alleges the officers attacked and beat him and broke his nose and cheekbone and then plain clothes officers took him behind a police van outside the scope of public cameras and beat him again, but no accounts of this beating have been confirmed.

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Officer Andalib-Goortani was also not wearing his nametag during the alleged assault nor was he wearing it when a Global TV crew from Toronto approached him during the events near the 15 foot security fence downtown. Global-Toronto has a video of an interview he had with the reporter and cameraman with gas masks and was told “they are not allowed” and yet the police had them hanging from the sides of their uniforms. The reporters only had them because their employers provided them and they were confiscating masks from protesters and media.

G20 riot squad feet from Police Headquarters

It’s not clear why the police were allowed to have them and not citizens. It was not the protesters who were setting off tear gas, it was clearly the police who shot tear gas near the temporary Detention Centre, dubbed “Torontonomo Bay” by the protesters where over 1000 people were held and then released without charges. Less than 100 people are still facing any charges.

The investigation by the SIU was considered over, a few weeks ago but was reopened once the video surfaced and now they say the same thing, in regard to whether the Adam Nobody case is closed. SIU spokesman Frank Phillips said, “at this point, yes. But this time is the same as the last time. If we get new material evidence then the investigation could be reopened.”

It appears that this whole G20 investigation is far from over and it is unknown whether Andalib-Goortani will turn states witness and identify the other officers responsible for this terrible act. He will attend court on the charges on Jan 24/2011 at College Park courts in Toronto.

Just clowning it up, inches from the faces of riot squad

@dandmb50 – Isn’t it strange that the TPS has several officers asking for input from the public to send in photos and videos of any alleged assaults from the protesters, and yet when they have been looking through these videos and pictures the police never identified the police assaulting the citizens?

Well in fairness, another citizen group did the same thing and their purpose was to identify police officers they felt were abusing the public. They have pics on their site of officers, like the “crazy lady” who has yet to be identified and you can still go there and help find these bad cops who overstepped their authority.

It can be found  HERE it’s called G20 Justice …

It’s the G20 “most wanted cop list of those assaulting the citizens, why did the police not identify their own?

Daniel .. Toronto, CANADA

"Crazy lady cop" can you identify her?

A small collage G20

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First NHL hockey game in ‘3D’ broadcast across Canada from Air Canada Centre.

Don Cherry of HNIC fame, wearing his "3D" glasses.

Not sure which is louder, the glasses or the jacket?

UPDATE – December 13/2010 on “3D” NHL game.
TORONTO
– “The Leafs won tonight” (Saturday) against Montreal Canadiens, said one excited hockey fan as they walked out of the Air Canada Centre (ACC) and his friend said “Maybe it’s because it was in 3D” as they beat Canadiens 3-1 in the first ever NHL 3D game across Canada on CBC.
There was a big hype as it was announced recently that the game would be in 3D (and broadcast on several networks, but you needed a 3D television and glasses) and the Leafs didn’t disappoint the fans. There were six 3D “camera rigs” stationed around the ACC sponsored by Panasonic Canada and CBC which gave it extra special feeling for those able to watch the upgrade for the first time from their homes. The second game in 3D will be the outdoor Heritage Classic in Calgary on February 20th when the Flames host the Montreal Canadiens at McMahon Stadium.

If you didn’t have a 3D set for Saturdays game you still have a chance to get one by February and they start at around $2000 and can be used as an HD TV as well when 3D is not available, and Panasonic sells the plasma TV in 46 or 50 inch sizes.
Panasonic Canada General Manager Ian Kilvert was in attendance and offered some technical information about

the whole process for 3D delivery.

“The nice thing about it is not just for 3D it’s just that the small percentage of the time you are watching a 3D program whether it’s a blue ray 3D movie or a sporting event like hockey you just switch it with the remote control to 2D and watch high definition it’s the best high definition set we’ve ever made.

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Some concerns have been studied and questioned that the 3D signal can effect some people with headaches and vertigo after watching a full show. Kilvert mentioned, “I read something early on that said about 5% of the population isn’t comfortable watching 3D, so I look at it and say that 95% is, so there is a market there and I feel it’s unfortunate for those 5% who are watching it that can’t, and may get vertigo but it is a very small minority.” It has been reported that the way 3D works is it tricks the brain with the double image which gives the full impact of 3D.

Currently Panasonic is getting top notch reviews from publications like Consumer Reports and “Plasma technology really lends itself well to 3D, so we’re really pleased with that and it’s going to take a bit of time for it to catch on, and positive reaction from this game will certainly help” said Kilvert.

There are about 70,000 3D sets across Canada and after the Christmas Holidays Kilvert expects sales to dramatically increase since it can be used in highly successful HD mode as well.
We started with black and white, went to color, then HD and now 3D, and it just keeps getting better and better and Kilvert also mentioned that Christmas may be the best time to snag a new 3D set for your home.

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