It’s unusual for any citizen to come forward and say “the police beat me up, tasered me and then lied in court,” said Michael Parsons of St. Catharines just outside Toronto in the Niagara Region. This happened back in 2003 when he was a passenger in an SUV and hollered at some cops in a parked, marked car and the chase was on.
Parsons was grabbed as he exited the vehicle and roughed up, thrown in the ditch and tased all over his body by five Niagara Regional Police officers.
But back when he first filed the suit in 2009 the police originally charged him with assault, Judge Raymond Harris said in his 80 page ruling their actions were, “offensive and egregious” that he awarded punitive damages, in the amount of $50,000. But he suggested he would have given more, if the plaintiff had asked.
In 2009 Parsons filed another civil suit against the police and won, and was awarded $70,000 in damages.
Parson’s claim to the court was, negligence, false arrest, assault, malicious prosecution and breach of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. All charges were dismissed.
I always love it when the police say, “he is known to police,” what does that exactly mean, does he have a relative on the police force, a friend, or does it mean, the police have had problems with him before?
Most important and not addressed
But the most important and serious outcome of this civil suit, is what has happened to the officers who did not tell the ‘truth’ on the stand?
There appears to be a double standard, that when a citizen lies on the stand there are consequences, but if a police officer does it, a note is put in their police jacket (file.)
It’s also very important to remember that this is an isolated incident and the majority of officers everywhere are honest, and hard-working and offer a wonderful service to our communities.
UPDATE: Police Corruption Trial Toronto – Currently five drug squad detectives of the Toronto Police Service have been accused of theft, extortion and attempting to obstruct justice eight years after the fact.
Ontario Superior Court Justice Gladys Pardu gave an acquittal of five of the 14 charges facing the officers.
The trial continues in Ontario Superior Court.
How will these officers perform on the stand, and if they lie, what are the consequences?
We have their picture here, but when many officers are charged with anything, we never see their picture, why is that? If a regular citizen is charged with anything, that is the first thing we see on the front pages.