Canada Assault charges dropped against Calgary police union president

02:51  18 july  2017
02:51  18 july  2017 Source:   calgaryherald.com

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Calgary Police Association president Les Kaminski. An assault charge against the head of Calgary 's police union has been dropped , his lawyer confirms.

Assault charge against Calgary police union president dropped . "My faith in the legal system was reaffirmed today. I know my responsibility to the public and the Calgary Police Service and I would never, nor did I, mislead the court in any way," said Kaminski

Les Kaminski © Jim Wells Les Kaminski

Assault charges against the head of the city’s police union have been withdrawn.

But Calgary Police Association president Les Kaminski still faces perjury charges in connection with a 2008 traffic stop that led to the arrest of Hells Angels member Jason Arkinstall.

Kaminski’s defence counsel, Alain Hepner, says he expects his client’s trial to begin in the fall.

“Les Kaminski is a 31-year police officer who has put his life on the line several times on behalf of the community,” he said. “We will present a very strong defence.”

Earlier this year, assault causing bodily harm charges in the same incident against Const. Brant Derrick were also dropped, replaced with a charge of common assault.

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An assault charge has been dropped against the president of Calgary ’s police union . Sgt. Les Kaminski of the Calgary Police Association was charged with assault with a weapon and perjury in connection with a 2008 traffic stop in downtown Calgary .

Assault charges against the head of the city’s police union have been withdrawn. But Calgary Police Association president Les Kaminski still faces perjury charges in connection with a 2008 traffic stop that led to the arrest of Hells Angels member Jason Arkinstall.

The Alberta Serious Investigation Response Team (ASIRT) launched its investigation of the incident in early 2014 and later recommended perjury and assault with a weapon charges to the Crown last June.

That came after Arkinstall, charged with obstructing police, assaulting a police officer and uttering threats, was acquitted in 2011. In his decision, provincial court Judge Terry Semenuk said both Kaminski and Derrick provided evidence that was “unreliable and not credible.”

Arkinstall’s acquittal prompted the Calgary Criminal Defence Lawyers Association to request an investigation by the Alberta police watchdog, claiming the two officers used excessive force during the arrest and lied about it in court.

An internal review by CPS following Arkinstall’s acquittal initially found no formal investigation into the pair’s actions was warranted.

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