Toronto police have identified 14 officers present during an altercation with a G20 protester whose alleged beating is now under investigation by both an arm’s-length police watchdog and the police force itself.
Police spokesman Mark Pugash said police investigators identified 14 people present during an altercation with Adam Nobody at Queen’s Park during the G20 summit weekend. The officers were identified in the past 24 hours, Mr. Pugash said, and their information has now been forwarded to the Special Investigations Unit.
Mr. Nobody, 27, was taken down by a group of police officers during protests at Queen’s Park on June 26. A video of the incident appears to show him being punched in the face by an officer. Mr. Nobody suffered a broken nose and fractured cheekbone.
While the SIU investigates the incident to determine whether the 14 officers are witnesses or subjects to the incident, and whether there’s a need for criminal charges, police are conducting their own internal review, Mr. Pugash said, to determine whether any disciplinary breaches took place.
Police won’t identify the 14 officers because they face no criminal charges. Their identification for internal and SIU investigations comes after multiple photos and video of the officers were published this week.
Mr. Pugash said police are also doing internal investigations into other potential disciplinary breaches related to the G20, but he can’t say how many officers are being investigated or for what potential breach.
In addition to the 14 officers whose information police passed on, the SIU has also identified two civilian witnesses to the alleged beating, said spokesman Frank Phillips.
“We’re in the process of arranging to contact them and obtain any information they may have.”