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Toronto Police Officer Cleared of G20 Assault Charges

By Steve Kupferman

Toronto’s G20 summit seems like a distant memory, but some of the things that happened during that hectic, violent weekend in June 2010 are still working their way through the court system. Today, Const. Glenn Weddell, the first Toronto police officer to go to trial on criminal charges as a result of his actions during the summit, was acquitted of aggravated assault and assault with a weapon.

The Star reports that Weddell’s troubles began on June 26th, when he allegedly attacked and broke the shoulder of a man who was with a crowd of protesters in Queen’s Park South. That man, Dorian Barton, claimed that he wasn’t participating in the protest, and that the assault was unprovoked.

Today, an Ontario Superior Court judge sided with Weddell, who maintains that his only physical contact with Barton was to help him get up and away from police lines. Weddell’s defense lawyers also argued that Barton’s sole witness—a hospital worker who happened to be nearby during the alleged assault—was unreliable.

Source: http://torontoist.com/2013/05/toronto-police-officer-cleared-of-g20-assault-charges/?eo_month=2014-03