The disciplinary hearing for an Edmonton police officer accused of deploying a Taser on a 16-year-old boy eight times in one minute in 2002 got underway Monday. Const. Mike Wasylyshen faces five charges under the Police Service Regulation of the Police Act, including two counts of unlawful or unnecessary exercise of authority and three counts of insubordination. ... [LINK]
In 2005, a provincial court judge ruled the police officers who arrested him had violated the teen's rights under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Judge Jack Easton called the officers' actions "cruel and unusual" treatment. Acting police chief Darryl da Costa dismissed allegations of abuse against Wasylyshen later that year and said the officer wouldn't face any charges because the accusations were unfounded.
Police should NEVER be permitted to police themselves.
Their worldview (judging by their actions, and their inactions) is highly distorted.
Actions that are obviously "cruel and unusual" become what-seems-like a good idea.
Acts that should be considered criminal, are ignored.
Has anyone had a little sit-down chat with Darryl da Costa yet?
If police are going to "police" themselves, then any whitewashing or inaction should be the ultimate double-or-nothing game. Automatic jail terms for anything resembling a coverup, minimizing, or whitewash.
If they believe that they're doing a good job, let's see them put their *sses on the line.
EIGHT FARGING YEARS!!