May 31, 2013
By Michael Kramer
He’s the first Toronto police officer to go to trial on criminal charges stemming from the G20 protests three years ago.
Constable Glen Weddell has been found – not guilty.
Weddell was charged after Dorian Barton’s shoulder was broken on June 16, 2010.
Barton alleged a police officer hit him with a riot shield, knocking him to the ground, and that he was hit several more times, possibly with a baton.
Weddell pleaded not guilty to assault causing bodily harm and assault with a weapon. He testified the only contact he had with Barton that day was to help him off the ground.
In delivering his verdict today, Justice Gregory Ellies said while he had “concerns” about Weddell’s testimony, he believes the officer would have remembered striking Barton.
He also said the only eyewitness in the case was “unreliable,” which left some reasonable doubt.