Toronto-area cop pleads guilty to as­sault

Truro Daily News - - CANADA -

TORONTO — A Toronto-area po­lice of­fi­cer has pleaded guilty to as­sault af­ter sic­c­ing his K-9 unit dog on a man who was ly­ing down await­ing ar­rest.

York Re­gion po­lice Const. Michael Par­tridge has ad­mit­ted to his role in the as­sault that oc­curred on March 30, 2016 that left a man with mi­nor in­juries.

A Toronto court heard that a sur­veil­lance video cap­tured the in­ci­dent that shows Par­tridge kick­ing and punch­ing the sus­pect while the dog bit and clamped down on the man’s arm.

The of­fi­cer was orig­i­nally charged with as­sault and as­sault with a weapon — the weapon be­ing the dog — but the of­fi­cer pleaded to sim­ple as­sault rather than go to a trial, which was sched­uled to be­gin yes­ter­day. York po­lice had been in­ves­ti­gat­ing break-and-en­ters in the Toronto area and wanted to ar­rest three men fol­low­ing one al­leged in­ci­dent in Bramp­ton, Ont., which led them to down­town Toronto where they had been joined by lo­cal po­lice as two sus­pects fled on foot. An­other of­fi­cer had ran af­ter one of the sus­pects who even­tu­ally stopped run­ning and lay face down in an al­ley when Par­tridge re­leased his dog.

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