Paru le samedi 26 juin 2010 sur The Toronto sun
Deaf man charged with assaulting cops not protester, friends claim
Emomotimi Azorbo granted bail after being charged with assaulting police at a downtown G20 protest.
By IAN ROBERTSON, Toronto Sun
Last Updated: June 26, 2010 4:39pm
Deaf restaurant kitchen worker, Emomotimi Azorbo, charged with assaulting police at a downtown G20 protest, emerges from the Finch Ave. courthouse after being released on bail. (IAN ROBERTSON, QMI Agency) Deaf restaurant kitchen worker Emomotimi Azorbo was granted bail Saturday after being charged the previous day with assaulting Toronto Police at a downtown G20 protest.
Friends claim he was not a demonstrator.
Azorbo, 30, stumbled into several bicycles after getting into a shoving match with officers at a bicycle barrier set up to stop the progress of yelling, screaming marchers.
He was taken into custody at College and Yonge Sts. for refusing to obey police orders to leave the street.
Outside a Finch Ave. courthouse, members of two leading organizations for the hearing impaired said they are protesting against police for not providing proper interpretive services during and after the arrest.
"He was in the wrong place at the wrong time," Gary Malkowski, advisor to the president of the Canadian Hearing Society, said in an interview.
"Police did not give him the charges properly," he said. "Police violated their own policy and made a no ha attempt to get him interpretation."
Malkowski said Azorbo was crossing the intersection to buy a bottle of water at a variety store and could not understand police orders.
He is charged with three counts of assaulting police plus resisting arrest.
A justice of the peace granted Azorbo's release after his mother, Sophie, offered to post a non-deposit bail of $1,000.
Her són, who is to return to court Aug. 23, was ordered to stay out of an area bordered south to Lake Ontario from Bloor St. and east of Spadina Ave. to Jarvis St, which includes the G20 venue, until Monday. The Summit ends Sunday.
Azorbo was also told he must produce identification when police ask.