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Ottawa cop pleads guilty to 23 charges But is to Be RETRAINED not fired
Ottawa cop Const. Keith Heaton likely to get retrained after pleading guilty to slew of charges
Thursday, November 15, 2012
There is “leeway” in how police interpret calls and the public may never get the full picture behind the circumstances that led to an Ottawa officer pleading guilty to a slew of charges, according to the union.
Const. Keith Heaton this week admitted to 23 charges under the Police Services Act related to unnecessary force, abusing authority, pepper-spraying a woman, disposing of drug evidence and doing police database checks on colleagues, relatives and himself.
The guilty plea forewent what was expected to be a lengthy trial which would have seen some 30 witnesses, meaning the public will likely never hear all the details.
“When you’re reading something in black and white, it’s not always in context,” said Ottawa Police Association president Matt Skof. “There’s no guidebook. People go to a call and use their own experience and judgment.”
The force considered dismissal, but instead a suggested penalty is significant retraining and supervision for Heaton, who has been an officer since 2004.
But despite the unusual move, the union argues it does not mean an officer who may have to retake training is a liability.
“He’s accepted it so he can get a process behind him and move forward,” said Skof. “You’re expediting your sentencing to get your career back on track.”
Such lengthy proceedings can seriously strain officers, said Skof. The investigation surrounding Heaton began three years ago.
His suggested discipline is tailored instruction on things like database use and note-taking, and would include having a training officer for a full year, instead of three months.
It takes about nine months before an Ottawa police officer is ready to hit the streets. Rare is the officer cut during in-house training, since by then recruits (who have already been hired by the Ottawa force) have already completed Ontario Police College training.
But there are some officers who have struggled more than others in certain areas, said Ottawa police Staff Sgt. Lynne Turnbull of the Professional Development Centre, but they will be helped.
In other cases, officers take a refresher on a course with content they may not have experienced recently, such as a class on giving court testimony.
“If people are not meeting the standard, we will do what we can to get them up to standard,” said Turnbull.
“We’ve invested in them. We want to set them up for success.”Heaton’s sentencing is slated for January.
As someone in uniform (not police) I can confirm 100% at the extraordinary lengths organizations will go to retain members, it makes financial and logistical sense for them to do so. Cops are worst for this IMO because of the authority they have, they shouldn't have so many chances. Helps when the people prosecuting you are on your side...
A Hamilton police officer is facing an assault charge in connection with a July incident at a police station.
Constable Ryan Gagnon is accused of injuring a 16-year-old arrested on the afternoon of July 22 while he was in a cell at a station.
The teenager sustained a broken tooth and facial injuries and was taken to Hamilton General Hospital for treatment.
Gagnon was charged Wednesday afternoon with assault causing bodily harm.
The charge came after an investigation of the incident by Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit, which probes reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault.
The charge laid against Gagnon was recommended by Ian Scott, director of the SIU.
Gagnon is scheduled to appear before court on Nov. 6.
A spokesperson for Hamilton police could not be reached for comment, but officers facing criminal charges are placed on paid leave or assigned to duties that do not bring them into contact with the public.
Trial for North Bay cop charged with choking wife set for spring
5:00 pm, November 6th, 2012
NORTH BAY, ON -- A North Bay police officer is scheduled to go to trial next year on charges of assaulting and choking his wife in June.
Const. Kris Corbeil, 33, has been suspended with pay since being charged with assault, choking, forcible confinement and public mischief on June 26.
Corbeil did not have to attend court Tuesday when his trial was set for two days beginning April 25.
He was granted bail June 29 with conditions to have no contact with his wife, to stay away from her residence and to have no access to their children without a third party. He is also not allowed to change his address or job without notifying police and is banned from possessing any firearms
Last Updated Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012 4:57PM CST
A Saskatoon police officer is facing assault charges following the arrest of a 14-year-old boy.
The teen was allegedly struck in the face and pepper sprayed on May 27. He was spotted in the 1800 block of 20th Street West, where officers say he matched the description of a suspect in a different police investigation.
Police say the boy ran when the officer approached him. He was treated for soft tissue damage, then charged with resisting arrest, but released later that same day.
Const. Luke St. Onge, 26, is charged with assault causing bodily harm and assault with a weapon.
Police Chief Clive Weighill says the police service has internal checks and balances to deal with incidents like this one. "He was, as was recommended by Saskatchewan prosecutions, he was charged yesterday with both criminal offenses, and he was suspended from duty, with pay, for the next 30 days. We'll work our way through the legal process, he may be suspended further on from that as well."
St. Onge is to appear in Saskatoon provincial court Nov. 14.
CORNWALL, Ont. - A Cornwall, Ont., police officer has been charged with child luring and child prostitution.
Const. Pascal Rossignol appeared in a Quebec provincial court Friday.
After a two-year investigation by the Surete de Quebec, Rossignol was charged with invitation to sexual touching, child luring on the Internet and two counts of prostitution of a person under the age of 18.
Details of the alleged crimes have not been made public.
He has been on paid leave since Oct. 13, 2010, when a complaint was first made to the Cornwall Community Police Service.
Rossignol has been with the department since May 2007.
Cornwall still bears painful scars from similar sex cases involving authority figures in the city.
Several reports in the 1990s of historical sex abuse by priests, police and other officials in Cornwall unleashed a public inquiry into the possibility of a child-sex ring operating in the eastern Ontario city.
Dozens of charges were laid in the investigation, and a report found systemic failures to protect abused kids in the community, but in the end, police said they found no evidence of a pedophile ring.
May was off duty at the time of the alleged incident on June 2.
He was charged with mischief under $5,000, theft under $5,000 and trespass by night
The allegations come at a time that’s seen a string of NRP officers charged with various offences.
Last week, a 16-year veteran of the service, Sgt. Cathy Edgecombe, was charged with impaired driving after a collision between a Chevrolet Avalanche and a motorcycle on Glenridge Ave.
The week before, the province’s Special Investigations Unit charged Const. Paul Zarafonitis, a 25-year veteran, with assault causing bodily harm relating to an altercation at Kool Katts Caribbean Restaurant in Niagara Falls.
In April, a decorated 13-year veteran, Geoffrey Purdie, was charged by the border enforcement security unit of Homeland Security with conspiracy to export controlled substances with intent to distribute them. Border enforcement officers in Buffalo reported seizing $580,000 of testosterone, steroids, Valium, Xanax and a growth hormone in Buffalo.
“As in all cases before the courts, we fully expect that the charges against Constable Jeffrey May will follow the appropriate investigative and judicial process and we will accept the eventual outcomes,” new Chief Jeff McGuire said in a statement.
“At the same time, the allegations of inappropriate conduct by our officers, either on or off duty, is very disturbing and will be thoroughly investigated. Allegations of criminal conduct on the part of any of our officers is not only disturbing to me, but also to the hard-working, dedicated men and women of the Niagara Regional Police Service.”
May, who lives in Hamilton, was previously charged in November 2010 with assault after an incident in St. Catharines. He received a peace bond in June 2011.
‘Hot cop’ OPP officer charged with theft, obstructing justice
An OPP officer dubbed “hot cop” on a reality TV show faces criminal charges after an internal investigation.
Const. Kara Darnley, 27, was suspended without pay after being charged Thursday with three counts of criminal breach of trust, obstructing justice, theft under $5,000 and possession under $5,000. Darnley’s charges were the result of an early-morning investigation by the Ontario Provincial Police professional standards bureau and Criminal Investigation branch.
Darnley, an officer with the Huronia West detachment for the last five years, appeared on Wipeout Canada, a TV show that pits contestants against each other in an array of obstacle courses. Near the start of the episode, Darnley dances in front of the camera in a police uniform with handcuffs as commentators call her “hot cop.”
Later in the show, Darnley says, “Prepare to be disciplined cause I’m gonna take you downtown.”
Darley’s bio on the show’s website says that she hates drinking water and that her fellow officers call her a “midget” at work because of her height.
She made it to the second round of the competition.
Darnley is scheduled to appear in a Collingwood court on Sept. 11
(MISSISSAUGA, ON) – The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Ian Scott, has reasonable grounds to believe that a Peel Regional Police (PRP) officer committed a criminal offence in relation to the injury sustained by 49-year-old Thanh Huynh in a July 2012 incident in Mississauga. Director Scott has caused a charge to be laid against the officer.
The SIU investigation determined that on July 7, 2012, at approximately 7:00 p.m., an officer was traveling south on Tomken Road in an unmarked police vehicle. At the intersection of Tomken Road and Bloor Street, the officer’s vehicle collided with a vehicle operated by Mr. Huynh. Mr. Huynh was taken to the Mississauga Trillium Health Centre and diagnosed with a fractured left hand.
As a result of the SIU investigation, PRP Constable Ufuk Ciftci is facing one charge of Dangerous Driving Causing Bodily Harm, contrary to s. 249(3) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
The officer is compelled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at 7755 Hurontario Street in Brampton on October 23, 2012. The Justice Prosecutions branch of the Ministry of the Attorney General will have carriage of the prosecution
A Gatineau cop violated a man's Charter rights when he shot and killed him in 2008, according to a litany of charges filed under Quebec's Police Act.
On June 29, 2011 -- one day past the three-year anniversary of David Leclair's death and just five days after the Leclair family launched a $430,000 civil suit against the officer and the city -- the province's police ethics commissioner slapped Const. Pierre-Francois Blais with 10 charges.
Though he remains on active duty, he was unreachable for comment Wednesday.
"It'll never bring David back, it never should have happened to begin with," Leclair's sister, Donna told the Sun Wednesday. She is still pressing for a public inquiry into her brother's death.
A 35-year-old single father who was well-known to police, Leclair was shot three times outside his mother's Aylmer, Que. home after Blais responded to a domestic complaint involving Leclair's ex.
In February 2007, Leclair pleaded guilty and was handed an 11-month sentence for fraud.
Separate fraud and assault charges from 2006 were stayed, and he was also due to appear in court later in 2008 on theft and fraud charges.
On the day of Leclair's death, Blais had followed him into his mother's home, beat him with a club and pepper-sprayed him before shooting him three times outside, including once in the back. Blais said LeClair grabbed a crowbar in the confrontation but witnesses say he was unarmed.
The officer also struck Leclair's then 73-year-old mother, Dorothy, in the leg with his baton and, according to witnesses, threatened to shoot her and LeClair's brother Robert if they intervened.
"Personally, I would love him to have jail time, but it doesn't look like that's going to happen at this point," Donna said.
Blais, the son of chief justice of the Federal Court of Appeal Pierre Blais, was cleared in 2009 of any criminal wrongdoing after a provincial police investigation. He was also cleared of unlawful use of force and four other Police Act charges in April stemming from an unrelated domestic dispute in 2007.
The latest charges, which stem from a formal complaint filed to the police ethics commissioner, allege Blais acted carelessly and recklessly in his dealings with Leclair, used obscene or offensive language, displayed a lack of respect or courtesy, abused his authority, and violated Leclair's Charter right to life, liberty and security of the person.
Blais is also charged with using excessive force against Leclair's mother, along with four other charges
While I think being knowledgeable that these events go in is important, your last posting of a video titled police state goes a little far IMO. We have huge amounts of freedoms in Canada compared to the rest of the world, claiming otherwise almost seems disrespectful of those who'd love to live in the conditions we have, including our law enforcement. It's a stretch to claim that a society with strict law enforcement is a police state. True police states do exist throughout the world, and when you compare us to them the differences are monumental.
Claims of law enforcement being corrupt and more strict are nothing new, it's been this way for decades. It's just much easier to be aware of it now with media being so accessible. Are incidents increasing? Absolutely, post 9/11 saw the US introduce a whole slew of new bullshit laws. That translated into tighter regulations on Canadians thanks to Canada's Bush Jr. We've still got a long way to go however before you can cry police state and not be looked at as though you have horns.
Police are above the law....there is a ex cop at 31 Division who got busted for some serious infractions,he had two choices...resign or get charged...he resigned with full pension since hes been on the force for 28 years...very quiet handling of this case since people in the area already distrust the police and any info of this leaking out would have made things alot worst.
.Never banned but came very close..three times
You think a small handful of cops abusing their authority is comparable to the shit that goes on in third world countries by cops and their government? Quit with the sensationalizing, it's NOTHING like what goes on in South America/Africa/Middle East/Asia.
Great comparisons here. I love how you talk about 3rd world countries. So because our cops don't beat us into submission on the side of the street, or line us up infront of firing squads, we should sit quiet and agree with whatever they do?
Let me know when you've traveled the world and have seen first hand true evil being perpetrated by those who are supposed to protect you, and then maybe I'll pay more mind to your cries.
What world have you travelled?
Have you even experienced every bit of your freedom being stripped away and treated like a piece of dirt?
Have you? Bold statements. For someone that grew up probably in Canada. Lived the in the comfort of their mom and dads place, went to school, etc.... Wow..
I've got a friend who lost half of his family brutally at the hands of a corrupt government, he's lucky to have escaped with his life.
That happens everywhere. It's happened here before.
Please let me know when you've gone through such things, again...maybe then you can say it's comparable.
So basically unless you've gone through tragedy you can't talk about corruption and shit going on here?
Is their behavior excusable? Absolutely not, and I think any cop found guilty of a criminal act no matter the scale should be shit-canned. It still doesn't mean we're in a police state when a small fraction of an organization is partaking in this stuff. If you think the west is all of a sudden going to turn into a 3rd world dictatorship because you get pepper-sprayed whilst protesting you're a fool.
No, but when you rights are being stripped away slowly and surely, what do you call that?
50+ witnesses who didn't have an already shot violent man crawling towards them while having a gun pointed at him. Was it excessive? That's not for you or I to decide, and that's your problem.
Ya it's for the police union to decide right? Or maybe the corrupt politicians?
Whats the point of shooting someone anywhere but the solar plexis or the head?? The purpose is to disable them.
You seem to think your comprehension of the incident is superior to those who make understanding and breaking down the events in situations like this their career, you're arrogant as shit with no credentials to back it up.
You need credentials to determine what is morally right and morrally wrong? you need credentials to decide who lives or dies? If thats the case, what credentials does an officer have to make that final judgement on a life?
Someone with a high school diploma decides who lives or dies? When someone is acting bad enough to be head shot??? Really?????? That's the decider now is it?
I can tell you right now as a person who values my life quite highly, I'd gladly put a bullet in someone who's shown to have no concern for the welfare of others and coming at me (especially after already being shot), mentally ill or not.
Someone that is mentally ill, gets shot and disabled. He is on the floor. So you put a bullet in his head because you feel.... what exactly?? You're scared? WtF?
Cops aren't allowed to hold their lives in value either? The law disagree's with you, they're just as entitled as a civilian to put their welfare first over anyone else's, they volunteer to go into harms way.
Judge Dredd I guess.. The cop was feeling scared so decided to shoot them. Where do you draw the line??? Where/when does the cop decide it's ok to end someone.
I imagine had another cop ran up and kicked this guy in the side of the head to apprehend him you'd still be crying brutality and would have posted a link to it in post #5.
lol, you're out to lunch man. but hey whatever man. You're right. You're so smart. You have credentials a mile long. You and those police officers.
When the going gets tough.... don't think it through logically.. Just blow it up with a nuclear bomb. What does this mean?? this means just explode rather then think your actions through.. Smart.
You're assuming they overstepped their boundaries, again based on your viewing of a grainy video in which the actually shooting isn't even visible. Like I said, you can't make that judgement call as you're not fully in the loop. You don't know the particulars of the case, so give it a ****ing rest with being an expert on how the situation should've been handled. It's not about being smart, it's about accepting you don't know shit. Should it be reviewed once again? Sure, the family is entitled to that.
The judicial system, not cops but lawyers came to the conclusions that have left the officer uncharged. Are the courts now in on it too?
The judicial system, not cops but lawyers came to the conclusions that have left the officer uncharged. Are the courts now in on it too?
LOL, so that makes, making a kill shot, acceptable.
You're the best dude. Pure genius. Ya I don't know shit. That's right. I guess I need to be a lawyer, or a judge, before I can make an informed opinion what is right or wrong. Yep, those lawyers, they sure know what time it is. Better than we do!
I guess dropping bombs on people is also right because our President/Prime minister says it's okay to do so.. Who am I to criticize, I don't know shit!
You're such a little lamb, lemming, troll. So indoctrinated. It's actually rather sad that people like you exist.. That you just take whatever is said at face value and don't have the ability to look at it in any more depth.