Hamilton constable pleads guilty to discreditable conduct for assault
A Hamilton police constable has pleaded guilty to discreditable conduct under the Police Services Act after being convicted of assault earlier this year.
Const. Kudo Park entered the guilty plea just minutes after the start of his disciplinary hearing Tuesday at Hamilton Police Services’ central station.
The charge of discreditable conduct was laid after Park was found guilty on April 26 of an indictable offence under the Criminal Code.
Sentencing on Park’s discreditable conduct charge has been adjourned until Jan. 15.
Park declined to comment after the hearing.
In 2015, he responded to a call about a man walking a dog and swinging a knife on King Street East. When Park arrived on the scene, the man, who was drunk and suffering from schizophrenia, had already been handcuffed.
As Park assisted, the suspect spat in his mouth without provocation. Park responded with one quick punch, followed by two more punches.
A judge found Park guilty of assault for the final two punches, deciding they were “retribution” for the spitting incident.
In July, Park was handed a suspended sentence along with 12 months of probation and 50 hours of community service. The suspended sentence, however, means Park is left with a criminal record, despite the judge’s determination that his actions were a “momentary lapse in judgment.”