No jail for Toronto G20 cop convicted of assault

SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association)- The first city police officer to be convicted for using excessive force against a G20 protester lost his appeal Thursday but was spared a jail sentence.

Judge Brian O’Marra upheld the conviction against Const. Babak Andalib-Goortani but rescinded his 45-day jail sentence and instead gave him a suspended sentence with one year of probation.

All the parties will be back in court on Feb. 27 to hear the terms of the probation.

The officer was found guilty of assault causing bodily and sentenced to custody in December 2013, but has been free on bail pending appeal.

Defence lawyer Alan Gold argued his client has suffered enough with the embarrassing publicity and the loss of his marriage. He said Andalib-Goortani has had an otherwise exemplary police career, but would get fired if sentenced to jail.

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