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Scandal-scarred Lethbridge police told to fix problems or get shut down
Author of the article:Canadian Press
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Publishing date:Mar 24, 2021 • 1 day ago • 1 minute read • Join the conversation
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EDMONTON — Alberta’s justice minister has given the scandal-scarred Lethbridge Police Service until April 16 to serve up an action plan to fix its problems or face being disbanded.

Kaycee Madu says change needs to happen immediately.


He says the plan must address everything from recruiting to oversight, have benchmarks and timelines, and be communicated to the public.

If not, Madu says he has advised the force that he will take action that could include disbanding it.

The Lethbridge Police Service has been the focus of numerous controversies, both past and ongoing, such as conducting surveillance on and conducting improper database searches of Alberta NDP legislature member Shannon Phillips when she was a cabinet minister.

The police service, in a news release, says it is on board with Madu’s plan, has been working on reforms, and will likely have it ready before the April 16 deadline.
 

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Bodycam video shows police berating kindergartner who ran away from school
Author of the article:postmedia News
Publishing date:Mar 28, 2021 • 7 hours ago • 1 minute read • Join the conversation
Body camera video released by Montgomery County Police shows a police officer's exchange with a five-year-old boy who ran away from school in January.
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A police department in Maryland has released body camera video that captured two of its officers berating a five-year-old boy who had walked away from his elementary school calling him a “little beast” and threatening him with a beating.

The incident happened on Jan. 14, 2020, but a body-worn camera recording of the exchange was released on Friday by Montgomery County Police Department.


The two officers had responded to a call from East Silver Spring Elementary School after the kindergartner ran away.

The officers caught up with him a block away, and what happened from that point on was captured in the body camera footage released by police.

“You feel like you can make your own decisions?… Are you an adult? Are you 18? So why are you out of school?” a male officer can be heard telling the boy in the video.

“I don’t care if you don’t want to go to school. You do not have that choice, do you understand?” the officer said.

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The officer can then be heard scolding the boy as he drives him back to school in a patrol car.

The situation escalates once the child is taken back his school’s office where he refused to take a seat.

The officers called the boy a “violent little thing” and a “little beast.”


At one point, a female officer can be heard in the video telling the boy, “I hope your mama lets me beat you.”

School staff were seen in the office while the child continued to cry as the officers discussed how he should be disciplined, saying he needed “whoopings” and “spanking.”

At one point the child was allegedly handcuffed in front of his mother.

The boy’s family filed a lawsuit in January against the police officers, the county, and the Montgomery County Board of Education.

Montgomery County Police Department said an internal investigation was conducted, but the results are confidential under Maryland law.

The department said both officers are still on the force.
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Mexican authorities probe death of woman shown pinned to ground by police
Author of the article:Reuters
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Publishing date:Mar 28, 2021 • 1 hour ago • 1 minute read • Join the conversation
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MEXICO CITY — Mexican prosecutors are investigating the death of a woman who was captured on video pinned to the ground by police in the Caribbean beach resort of Tulum, authorities said on Sunday.

A spokeswoman for the attorney general’s office of the state of Quintana Roo said police at the scene were being questioned over the incident on Saturday and that the woman’s cause of death was not yet clear. Nor was it clear why she was detained, she added.


A video published by news site Noticaribe showed the woman squirming and crying out as she lay face down on a road with a policewoman kneeling on her back with male officers standing by.

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The video, whose authenticity Reuters could not immediately verify, then cut to show the woman’s prone, handcuffed body lying on the road. Officers are later seen moving the limp, shoeless body into the back of a police truck.

The National Commission to Prevent and Eradicate Violence Against Women (CONAVIM) condemned the incident on Twitter and said it was in communication with authorities to ensure that those responsible were held to account.

Alejandro Encinas, deputy interior minister responsible for human rights, expressed outrage on Twitter, and described the incident as an act of “police abuse.”

The incident bore a similarity to the case of George Floyd, an African-American man whose death in May as a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck sparked racial justice protests in the United States and around the world.

Widespread and rising violence against women has long outraged many Mexicans, and has sparked major protests under the administration of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
 

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Mexican president condemns death of Salvadoran woman in police custody
Author of the article:Reuters
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Publishing date:Mar 29, 2021 • 3 hours ago • 2 minute read • Join the conversation
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MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s president on Monday sharply condemned the weekend killing of a Salvadoran woman in Mexican police custody, who died after a female officer was seen in a video kneeling on her back.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said 36-year-old Victoria Salazar Arriaza had been subject to “brutal treatment and murdered” after her detention on Saturday by four police officers in the tourist resort of Tulum on the Caribbean coast.


An autopsy showed Salazar’s neck had been broken.

“It’s a situation that fills us with sadness, pain and shame,” Lopez Obrador told a regular news conference that was dedicated to defending the rights of women and featured video by speakers including French President Emmanuel Macron.

Salazar’s killers would quickly face justice, Lopez Obrador said, vowing that there would be “no impunity.”

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Autopsy findings showed Salazar died from spinal fracture caused by the rupture of the first and second vertebrae, the attorney general’s office of Quintana Roo state said.

The office on Sunday opened a homicide investigation into Salazar’s death, leading to the arrest of three male officers and one female officer at the scene. The four face prosecution for suspected femicide, the office said.

“The level of force was carried out in a disproportionate, immoderate way and with a high risk to life,” the office said.

Salazar was a single mother who had worked in Tulum cleaning hotels, her mother, Rosibel Arriaza, told reporters outside the foreign ministry in San Salvador.

“Authorities are supposed to protect people with all the techniques they have to try to subdue someone, but this was an abuse of power,” Arriaza said. “She didn’t deserve this death.”

Salazar left two daughters, aged 15 and 16, who lived with her in Mexico and were the reason she had emigrated, she added.

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“She left for a better future for the girls and to help them get ahead,” Arriaza said.


Salazar had lived in Mexico since at least 2018, when she was granted refugee status for humanitarian reasons, Mexico’s migration institute said.

A video published by news site Noticaribe showed Salazar writhing and crying out as she lay face down on a road with a policewoman kneeling on her back while male officers stood by.

The video later showed Salazar’s prone, handcuffed body, lying on the road before officers put it into the back of a police truck.

Quintana Roo Attorney General Oscar Montes de Oca told Mexican radio police were responding to a emergency call for help at a convenience store when she was detained.

Salazar offered resistance at the store’s exit and police “improperly applied bodily control techniques that ultimately caused (Salazar’s) death,” he added.

Her death, which had echoes of the case of George Floyd, an African-American man who died in May as a Minneapolis policeman knelt on his neck, sparked outrage on social media and calls by El Salvador’s president for the officers to be punished.

Frustration over a failure to curb violence against women in Mexico has sparked major protests under Lopez Obrador.
 

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Partner of Salvadoran woman killed during police encounter arrested
Author of the article:Reuters
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Publishing date:Mar 30, 2021 • 12 hours ago • 1 minute read • Join the conversation
Women protest against the murder of Victoria Salazar Arriaza, a Salvadoran woman who died in Mexican police custody, in San Salvador, El Salvador March 29, 2021.
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MEXICO CITY — Mexican authorities have arrested the partner of a Salvadoran woman who died after a Mexican female police officer was seen in a video kneeling on her back, a case that triggered an outpouring of anger in Mexico, media reported on Tuesday.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador this week said 36-year-old Victoria Salazar Arriaza had been subject to “brutal treatment and murdered” after her detention on Saturday by four police officers in the tourist resort of Tulum on the Caribbean coast. An autopsy showed Salazar’s neck had been broken.

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Her death, which had echoes of the case of George Floyd, an African-American man who died in May as a Minneapolis policeman knelt on his neck, sparked outrage on social media and calls by El Salvador’s president for the officers to be punished.


Carlos Joaquin, the governor of Quintana Roo, said Salazar’s partner had been arrested for “abusing” her and her daughters, according to Mexican TV channel Milenio.

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“Today the arrest was made, they tell me,” Joaquin said, referring to state prosecutor’s office, according to Milenio.

Joaquin said more details will be revealed on Wednesday.

The attorney general’s office of Quintana Roo state has opened a homicide investigation into the deaths, which has led to the arrest of the four officers seen on videos of the incident.


A video published by news site Noticaribe showed Salazar writhing and crying out as she lay face down on a road with a policewoman kneeling on her back while male officers stood by.

The video later showed Salazar’s prone, handcuffed body, lying on the road before officers put it into the back of a police truck.
 

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MANDEL: Cops accused of planting heroin and lying under oath
Author of the article:Michele Mandel
Publishing date:Apr 07, 2021 • 2 hours ago • 3 minute read • Join the conversation
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It’s a damning indictment of four Toronto Police officers accused of planting drugs and lying on the witness stand to cover up their illegal stop and search of a suspected drug dealer.

At the opening of the long-awaited police disciplinary tribunal against Consts. Michael Taylor, Fraser Douglas, Jeffrey Tout and Benjamin Elliot, lawyer Scott Hutchison accused the 55 Division officers of concocting an “elaborate story” to explain their arrest of Nguyen Son Tran.


With oozing sarcasm, the prosecutor noted Tout’s “spontaneous” traffic stop of Tran for supposedly running a red light and then his “miraculous” discovery of heroin the suspect had left sprinkled all over the console of his car.

Elliot claimed he then arrived on the scene and searched Tran’s Toyota Camry after overhearing the stopped car’s licence plate over the police radio and recognizing it as that of a suspect he’d arrested on drug charges the year before. His search then uncovered a stash of 11 grams of heroin in the steering wheel column.

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“The narrative is simply untrue,” Hutchison told Insp. Greg Walton. “It’s obvious they did not tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.”

In reality, he said, Elliot and Taylor had been researching Tran the day before and had learned from Const. Brian Davy that his confidential informant told him Tran was dealing. They were out looking for their suspect when they spotted him at Broadview and Gerrard.

Needing an excuse to search Tran’s car, they created the bogus traffic stop and after finding the hidden drugs, emptied one of the packets on his console to justify the illegal stop and search, said Hutchison.


And in an apparent gotcha, he said, Elliot didn’t come on scene because of recognizing the licence plate. “That’s a lie, that’s a lie because it never happened.”

He told the tribunal that the car’s plate number was never mentioned by the police dispatcher.

In a scathing 2015 ruling, Superior Court Justice Edward Morgan threw out the drug charges against Tran, finding the officers had given false testimony and planted the drugs to justify their warrantless search.

Charged criminally with perjury and obstruction of justice, the case never made it to trial after the Crown stayed the charges in 2017, blaming their own delay issues in giving disclosure to the defence.

But the four officers were also charged under the Police Act in 2016, and after years of delays, their disciplinary hearing is only now underway.

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Hutchison began his case by replaying audiotaped testimony from the Tran court case, including where Elliot was asked to listen again to the radio dispatch. “There’s no licence plate broadcast,” defence lawyer Kim Schofield told him.

The tribunal heard the officers uncovered a plastic baggie of 15 decks, or small packages, and five balls of heroin in the steering column. Coincidentally, the powdered heroin found all over the car console equalled the weight of one of these packets.

And would a drug dealer really leave heroin in the open while he’s stopped by a police officer?

“It’s inherently improbable that Mr. Tran had it out when he was driving, and he left it there while the officer was walking back and forth investigating him, and he’s out on bail (on different drug charges),” Hutchison said.

Tran, 61, is expected to tell the tribunal that while he was an occasional heroin user, he didn’t have the drug out on his console that day.

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The hearing is scheduled to last eight weeks. And in the meantime, cha-ching, cha-ching.

All four will continue to collect their six-figure salaries, just as they have since they were first suspended five long years ago.

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LOCKED AND LOADED: Off-duty Toronto cop allegedly wore sidearm to meet sex worker
Officer charged with obtaining sexual services for consideration, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and mischief

Author of the article:Bryan Passifiume
Publishing date:Apr 08, 2021 • 6 hours ago • 1 minute read • Join the conversation
Investigators allege off-duty Toronto Police officer Travis Houston, 37, of Georgina, was captured on security video wearing a firearm while meeting with a sex trade worker at a York Region hotel on March 31, 2021.
Investigators allege off-duty Toronto Police officer Travis Houston, 37, of Georgina, was captured on security video wearing a firearm while meeting with a sex trade worker at a York Region hotel on March 31, 2021. PHOTO BY HANDOUT /York Regional Police
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An off-duty Toronto cop is in trouble after allegedly arranging to meet a sex trade worker at a York Region hotel.

And that officer, alleges the sex worker, wore a gun and identified himself to her as police during their encounter.


The victim told York Region Human Trafficking investigators that she’d been called to the hotel by the suspect for sexual services on Wednesday, March 31.

She claims the accused showed up wearing a firearm and identified himself as a police officer.

She then got upset and ordered him to leave, say York Regional police.

The suspect was identified as an off-duty Toronto Police officer, and was arrested two day later.

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A CCTV image of the suspect, wearing what appears to be a police duty belt and holster, was released by York police.

Thirty-seven year old Travis Houston of Georgina faces charges of obtaining sexual services for consideration, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and mischief.

Police are concerned there may be more victims, and urge anybody with information to call 1-866-876-5423, ext. 6960, or anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

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Court rejects appeal for speeding cop that killed teen
Det.-Const. Remo Romano to begin his eight-month sentence after fatally colliding with 18-year-old pedestrian Carla Abogado

Author of the article:Bryan Passifiume
Publishing date:Apr 08, 2021 • 5 hours ago • 1 minute read • 6 Comments
Det.-Const. Remo Romano leaves 361 University Ave. courthouse after a mistrial was declared in his trial on Wednesday May 18, 2016.
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After three trials and nearly a decade, he’s off to jail.

Remo Romano, convicted of running down 18-year-old Natasha “Carla” Abogado as she crossed a Scarborough street nine years ago, will begin his eight-month sentence after the Ontario Court of Appeal dismissed his challenge to the Sept. 2018 verdict that found him guilty of dangerous driving causing death.

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Romano, a Det.-Const. with the York Regional Police service, was driving an unmarked police vehicle 115 km/h along St. Clair Ave. E. near Warden Ave. on Feb. 12, 2014 when he struck Abogado as she was crossing the road after exiting a TTC bus.

The speed limit along that stretch of St. Clair West was 60 km/h.

Romano’s first trial in 2016 ended in a hung jury resulting in a mistrial, while a second resulted in an acquittal.

A successful appeal by the Crown triggered a third trial in 2018 where Romano was found guilty and sentenced to eight months, but released on bail pending the outcome of his appeal.

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Romano testified he was speeding to catch up with a six-vehicle convoy tailing a suspect as part of an undercover operation targeting commercial break-and-enters.

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He tearfully told the court in 2016 that he didn’t see the girl as she jaywalked across St. Clair Ave. W. at a bus stop.

The force of the impact tossed her nearly 80 metres.


She was pronounced dead at the scene.

York Regional Police Association President Rob O’Quinn said he was disappointed by Thursday’s decision to dismiss the appeal.

“As a result of the conviction in this case, police officers have been put on notice by the courts that they may face criminal liability for exceeding the speed limit while in the lawful execution of their duties,” he said in a statement, adding the association will assist Romano in his appeal.

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Ontario's police watchdog charges two cops in two days with sex assault
One accused is with Hamilton, the other with Toronto

Author of the article:Chris Doucette
Publishing date:Apr 14, 2021 • 7 hours ago • 1 minute read • Join the conversation
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For the second time in as many days the province’s police watchdog has laid sexual assault charges against a cop.

Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit says it was notified by the Hamilton Police Service on Nov. 7, 2020, about a man who had filed a complaint alleging he had been sexually assaulted a day earlier.


“The SIU invoked its mandate and commenced an investigation,” the SIU said in a statement released Wednesday. “As a result of the SIU investigation, Const. Ryan Cole is facing one count of sexual assault causing bodily harm.”

The SIU said Cole was arrested Wednesday and subsequently released on an undertaking with conditions that he is not to communicate or associate with any witnesses in the case and that he not possess a firearm.

The accused is scheduled to appear in Hamilton court on May 3.

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On Tuesday, the SIU revealed that a Toronto cop had been charged with sexual assault.

The SIU said it was contacted by the Toronto Police Service on March 25 regarding a woman’s complaint that she had been sexually assaulted by an officer four days earlier.

Const. Conal Quinn was arrested Tuesday and charged with one count of sexual assault and one count of breach of trust by an official.


The SIU said Quinn was released on a promise to appear and an undertaking on the same conditions as Cole.

He is expected to appear at Old City Hall court on May 7.

With both matters now before the courts, the SIU said they won’t be commenting any further on the investigations.

The SIU investigates any alleged sexual assault, serious injury or death involving police officers.

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