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Expert testifies Kelowna, B.C. officer’s use of force wasn’t consistent with training

It was two witness movies that first raised public questions on whether or not or not Const. Siggy Emmit-Steven Pietrzak used extreme power throughout a Might 2020 arrest in downtown Kelowna.

Thursday the movies have been proven in court docket because the Kelowna RCMP officer’s assault trial resumed.

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Pietrzak is accused of 1 rely of assault on Tyler Russell, whom officers have been attempting to arrest on suspicion of impaired driving.

Partial footage of the incident seems to point out Russell scuffling with two officers earlier than a 3rd officer runs up and strikes him repeatedly.

After watching the movies in court docket, a senior RCMP officer, introduced in by the Crown as an skilled witness, testified he believed Pietrzak’s use of power within the movies wasn’t in keeping with RCMP coaching and coverage.

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A key issue for Employees Sgt. Leonard McCoshen was the variety of blows.

McCoshen defined in his testimony there might have been justification for fewer strikes as a distraction approach.

“I might agree that one or two strikes to the top could be distractionary and on this case there are extra. I rely 4 strikes to the top with no time in between strikes to evaluate their effectiveness or Mr. Russell’s response,” McCoshen stated.

After watching a second video from one other angle, McCoshen stated he might see 9 punches.

If Russell’s behaviour was what police name “assaultive,” that would have broadened the vary of power choices out there to police, however McCoshen testified from what he witnessed within the partial movies of the incident Russell was simply actively resistant.

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Beforehand, two officers who have been on scene on the time of the arrest testified.

One advised the court docket he was grateful for Pietrzak’s intervention as in any other case the scenario might have gotten a lot worse.

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One other officer advised the court docket Russell was exhibiting risk cues and he had additionally thought of utilizing a taser or punching Russell.

Russell was by no means charged in connection to the arrest.

Russell testified he wasn’t consuming and driving, however merely sitting in a car ready for a journey earlier than the incident with police.

Pietrzak’s trial is ready to return to court docket Friday.

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