Ed­mon­ton of­fi­cer faces charges over 2019 ar­rest

Calgary Herald - - CITY+REGION - DAVE BREAKENRID­GE

ED­MON­TON Ed­mon­ton po­lice have charged one of their own with as­sault for jump­ing knee-first onto a man dur­ing an ar­rest last Au­gust.

The charge stems from a video of an ar­rest Aug. 27, 2019, in the area of 115 Av­enue and 95 Street.

Po­lice say they re­ceived the video two days af­ter the ar­rest took place, and a Pro­fes­sional Stan­dards Branch in­ves­ti­ga­tion found “the level of force de­scribed in the po­lice re­port was not con­sis­tent with the force ob­served in the video.”

In the video, a man is seen ly­ing face down in the grass, held by one of­fi­cer. A sec­ond ap­proaches and jumps on the man on the ground, ap­pear­ing to hit him with his knee.

The man on the ground cries out “OK! OK! Stop!”

The sec­ond of­fi­cer ap­pears to lean with his knee on the man’s neck and shoul­der area, while the first of­fi­cer then bends over and yells, “Do not run from the po­lice!”

One of the of­fi­cers can be heard call­ing the man a “mother------” and say­ing “did you think I wouldn’t catch you?”

In a sec­ond video the man be­ing ar­rested con­tin­ues cry­ing while of­fi­cers ask him for his name and search him. When the of­fi­cers get him to his feet, he says, “What is your f------ prob­lem?”

In March, the case was re­ferred to the Crown prose­cu­tor’s of­fice in Cal­gary to de­ter­mine if a charge was war­ranted, and a charge was rec­om­mended Fri­day.

On Tues­day, Const. Michael Part­ing­ton was charged with one count of as­sault.

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