Friday, February 11, 2011

We have ways of making you talk

The Toronto Star reports that the officer involved here has pleaded guilty to uttering threats. How about armed assault? Abuse of authority? People swept up by the Toronto Police at the G8/G20 were charged with more serious crimes for a whole lot less. If soap bubbles can be considered assault, then how is this revolting threat of torture with a deadly weapon not aggravated assault?
We keep being told that Tasers are supposed to be a non-lethal alternative to guns, but again and again, we see stories of them being used as compliance weapons or torture tools.
As for the officer in question, he will be sentenced in June. Until then, he is on paid suspension and departmental disciplinary measures will not be decided until after the sentencing. As far as I'm concerned, the conviction should see him automatically dismissed from the police force and barred from doing any kind of security work.
The one bright spot I see in this case is that this gross misconduct came to light because another officer who was reviewing the in-car videos on another matter reported the offending officer to the department's professional standards branch, which handed the file over to the courts. Its about time the police started putting professional standards and proper respect for the law ahead of the unofficial thin-blue-line omerta that allows so much abuse to go on.


doconnor said...

He didn't actually hurt him, so assault wouldn't apply.

Abuse of Power would be departmental disciplinary measure which may happen later is he doesn't quit or get fired first.

Rev.Paperboy said...

you don't have to cause any injury to be charged with assault.

Rev.Paperboy said...

265. (1) A person commits an assault when

(a) without the consent of another person, he applies force intentionally to that other person, directly or indirectly;

(b) he attempts or threatens, by an act or a gesture, to apply force to another person, if he has, or causes that other person to believe on reasonable grounds that he has, present ability to effect his purpose; or

(c) while openly wearing or carrying a weapon or an imitation thereof, he accosts or impedes another person or begs.


(2) This section applies to all forms of assault, including sexual assault, sexual assault with a weapon, threats to a third party or causing bodily harm and aggravated sexual assault.


(3) For the purposes of this section, no consent is obtained where the complainant submits or does not resist by reason of

(a) the application of force to the complainant or to a person other than the complainant;

(b) threats or fear of the application of force to the complainant or to a person other than the complainant;

(c) fraud; or

(d) the exercise of authority.

Edstock said...

A man took a clock to a watchmaker, complaining that all it did was make a "tick" sound. The watchmaker assured the man, "We have ways of making it tock."

Zorpheous said...

Holy crap!!! Is this cop out on bail? Cause if this had been any other normal citizen, you would be lock up, charged with assault with a weapon.


Kev said...

What this clip doesn't show is that the cop actually slapped one of the men in the head and ordered him to lie down, so an assault in the classic sense did happen.

One of the more disgusting things about this is if he gets a conditional discharge,which given how the courts typically deal with cops is likely,he can then could keep his job