Hamil­ton con­sta­ble pleads guilty to dis­cred­itable con­duct for as­sault

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - STEVE BUIST

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.”

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