Police assault case appeals dismissed

Appeals filed by the defence and the prosecution in the case of a Toronto police officer convicted of assaulting a black man in 2016 have both been dismissed by an Ontario court. The defence had sought to overturn the assault conviction while the prosecution had appealed the acquittal of the office and his brother on related changes. [node:read-more:link]

Nerf gun prank backfires

An Ontario teenager is worried that a prank involving a $6.49 Nerf gun could hinder his chances of a Canadian Armed Forces career. He and a friend were arrested and charged with assault with a weapon and criminal harassment after they had driven around a nearby community, firing rubber darts at residents. [node:read-more:link]

Capitol Hill riot: police officer dies

U.S. Capitol Police have confirmed that one of its officers has died from injuries sustained as President Donald Trump's supporters stormed Congress Jan. 6. It brought to five the number of deaths attributed to the riot; one protestor was evidently shot during the breach on Capitol Hill while three other demonstrators suffered unspecified “medical emergencies.” [node:read-more:link]

Convicted police officer sentenced for Floyd death

Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer convicted of murder in the death of George Floyd, has been sentenced to 22 and a half years in prison. Hours before the hearing, Judge Peter Cahill denied Chauvin's motion for a new trial, saying his attorney failed to prove either abuses from the court or prosecutorial or juror misconduct. [node:read-more:link]

Tribunal awards damages to black child

The Ontario Human Rights Tribunal has awarded $35,000 in damages to a black child who was handcuffed and restrained by police at an elementary school in September 2016 when she was six years old. The decision comes approximately one year after the tribunal ruled that the two officers, responding to a fourth call about the girl that month, had been “racially discriminatory.” [node:read-more:link]

COVID-19: RCMP investigation

The RCMP has opened an investigation into what is believed to be the fist workplace-related COVID-19 death. It is acting on a complaint by a family member of an employee who worked at a huge meat-processing plant in Alberta, part of the national food supply chain which initially remained open as an essential service but which was briefly shut down last spring because of an outbreak. [node:read-more:link]

Four killed in Canadian attack

Four members of a Muslim family in London., Ont., were killed in a June 6 hit-and-run attack which resulted in the 20-year-old driver of the vehicle being charged with four counts of first-degree murder and one of attempted murder, the latter involving a fifth member of the family. Police said the attack was a “premeditated act motivated by hate” and were consulting the RCMP on the possibility of laying terrorism-related charges as well. [node:read-more:link]

Suspended police officer commits suicide

An Ottawa Police Service officer who had been suspended after being notified of a disciplinary investigation, has committed suicide. His death comes as the service has attempted to improve officer mental health and wellbeing while grappling with a year of repeated misconduct allegations. [node:read-more:link]

French police bill to be revised

Widespread protests in France have persuaded the government to rewrite proposed legislation which would have made it illegal to make or share images of police operations. Sparked by images of an assault on a black man, protesters said the proposed law would prevent exposure of police brutality. [node:read-more:link]

Police unwelcome in Ottawa schools?

Three of the national capital’s four school boards are reviewing a 20-year-old program which has community police officers on the premises. Ottawa Police Services says it builds “healthy and trusting relationships with children of all ages and backgrounds” but the boards are responding to a group’s campaign that “their presence alone is causing harm to students” by creating a feeling of being like a prisoner in your own school.” [node:read-more:link]

Higher policing costs inevitable

The head of the new Royal Canadian Mounted Police union, the National Police Federation, expects to begin negotiations in a few weeks. Brian Sauvé says pay, benefits and resources are the top concerns – which implies higher costs not only federally but also for other levels of government that rely on the RCMP for services. [node:read-more:link]

RCMP mental health program faulted

An internal RCMP report on the suicide of one of its officers has concluded that the federal policy service lacks a strategy for monitoring and detecting potential problems. The report was on the death of Const Jean-Pascal Nolin in Ottawa in March 2016, more than a year after he participated in the police response to shootings on Parliament Hill in 2014. [node:read-more:link]


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