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Calgary police union head won't need criminal defense

Assault charges against Calgary's police union's head have been withdrawn. Even though the Calgary Police Association president won't have to mount a criminal defense, he is still up against perjury charges stemming from a 2008 traffic stop that lead to the arrest of a Hells Angels gang member. The trial is likely to begin this fall.

The Alberta Serious Investigation Response Team (ASIRT) began an investigation into the incident early in 2014. The Crown recommended the laying of perjury and assault with a weapon charges last June. The Hells Angels member was charged with obstructing police, assaulting a police officer and uttering threats.

The gang member was acquitted in 2011 after a judge said evidence against him was unreliable and not credible. The gang member's acquittal led the Calgary Criminal Defence Lawyers Association to ask for an investigation saying the two officers in the case used excessive force in the arrest and lied about doing so in court. An internal review after the gang member's acquittal initially found no formal investigation regarding police actions was needed.

Alberta criminal defense lawyers will review the particulars of an arrest to look for inconsistencies in how police treated the suspect. Being convicted of a criminal act could have long-term consequences, and their severity should never be downplayed. Alberta residents who are charged with criminal offences need the help of an experienced defense lawyer to lead their criminal defense. Such a lawyer will work to get the accused the best deal possible, allowing a client to either avoid jail time or minimize it.

Source: Calgary Herald, "Assault charges against Calgary Police Union president dropped", Bryan Passifiume, Accessed on July 17, 2017

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