Global Edmonton | Red Deer man demands justice after dragged from courthouse by Sheriff (external - login to view)
A Red Deer man, who lost his voice to cancer, is looking for justice after he tried to pay a speeding ticket at the courthouse, but seconds later was dragged out like a criminal – and it was caught on tape.
Bill Berry lost his voice four years ago to cancer. When he appeared at the courthouse he mistakenly entered through an open exit only door. He missed the security check and walked to the counter to pay his bill.
Berry was grabbed from behind by a sheriff, pulling him to the ground, knocking out his breathing tube.
“I am fed up. Somebody has to be accountable,” he tells Global News, communicating through pen and paper, “It’s not acceptable in the free world. All I did was walk in an open door in a public building and within 27 seconds I was going into convulsions.”
Berry, who is just 118 pounds and needs a breathing tube in his nose says he’s hoping for justice.
“I think the sheriff should be charged with aggravated assault and I think a civil lawsuit against the department that trained him and employed him are in order.”
Solicitor General Johnathon Denis has viewed the surveillance video but because of the pending litigation, said he couldn’t give too many details about the case.
“The only thing I can tell you is he is no longer employed by the Solicitor General or as a peace officer, meaning he is no longer a sheriff,” says Denis, “It’s obviously unfortunate. Mr. Berry, the other person involved, I’m happy he was not seriously injured.”
The RCMP also launched an investigation, Berry says he’s been told charges will not be laid.