A Toronto police constable whose scolding of a G20 protester for blowing bubbles went viral on YouTube has launched a $1.2 million defamation lawsuit against the website and 25 of its users.
The lawsuit by Adam Josephs, infamously known as "Officer Bubbles," isn't targeting the original video but a collection of eight cartoons posted to the popular video website that show a policeman resembling Josephs who engages in abusive acts of power.
The cartoons depict an officer named "A. Josephs" arresting a variety of people — from a doctor to Santa Claus to U.S. President Barack Obama — as well as punching a news photographer.
In his statement of claim, Josephs calls the cartoons and several comments "devastatingly defamatory," alleging they have brought him "ridicule, scandal and contempt both personally and as a member of the (Toronto Police Service)."
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