All too often, police officers, while hunting down a suspect, will find the closest person to them and attack or arrest them. All too often they are wrong. Fitting the description, we are told, is how the officers justify the wholesale assault and kidnapping of an innocent person. As the following story details, even children are not safe from these violent mistakes.
If someone wants to know just how seriously Canadians take police accountability, the following story serves as an indicator. Two Ontario police officers were charged and found guilty of tasering two individuals in a case of mistaken identity.
Constable Kenny Belanger, a six-year-veteran of the Ontario Provincial Police, who worked out of the Kapuskasing detachment, pleaded guilty in the Ontario Court of Justice in Kapuskasing on Friday, to two counts of assault with a weapon.
His co-accused, Acting Sgt. Daniel Lafontaine, a nine-year veteran of the OPP who worked out of the South Porcupine detachment, pleaded guilty to two counts of assault.