November 23, 2007 Toronto
Defence attorney Harry Black, convinced a jury in court as he ,succeeded in having charges against his client, a Toronto police officer, dropped.
Toronto police officer Amar Katosh was accused of -- punching a university professor during an anti-poverty protest -- that was caught on tape.
"The video really doesn't show what you think it shows," Black said.
The jury believed him and Katosh was acquitted of assault, obstruct justice and perjury.
On the videotape, the officer can be seen punching university professor Alex Levant at an anti-poverty protest in 2003.
Initially it was the professor who was charged with punching constable Katosh and assaulting a female officer.
But at that trial, Levant's lawyer surprised officer Katosh with the video clearly showing that his client was innocent.
Lavant's charges were dropped and the officer was subsequently charged.
That's where defence attorney Harry Black comes into play.
He convinced the jury that his client suffers from a disability that causes a sensation of pressure if he moves his arm a certain way. According to the attorney, that's what made him feel like he was punched in the chest, and that's the reason he punched back.
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