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Experts testify to Kelowna, the use of power by BC officers was not consistent with training

Two witness videos were the first to raise the general question as to whether it was a Const. Siggy Emmit-Steven Pietrzak used excessive force when he was arrested in downtown Kelowna in May 2020.

The video was shown in court on Thursday as the assault trial of Police Officer Kelowna resumed.

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Pietrzak has been accused of assaulting Tyler Russell, who was about to be arrested by police on suspicion of driving disability.

Partial footage of the incident seems to show Russell wrestling with two officers before the third officer rushes to attack him repeatedly.

After watching the video in court, a senior RCMP officer brought by the crown as an expert witness testified that he believed that the use of Pietrzak’s power in the video was inconsistent with RCMP training and policy.

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An important element of the staff sergeant. Leonard McCoschen was the number of hits.

McCoschen explained in his testimony that there may have been justification for reducing strikes as a distraction technique.

“I agree that one or two strikes to the head are distracting, and in this case there are even more strikes. To evaluate the effectiveness of the strikes and Mr. Russell’s reaction. , Count four strikes in no time between strikes, “says McCoschen.

After watching the second video from another angle, McCoschen said he was able to see nine punches.

If Russell’s actions were what the police called “aggressive,” he could have expanded the range of troop options available to the police, but McCoschen said in a partial video of the incident. Witnessed and testified.

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Earlier, two police officers on the scene at the time of the arrest testified.

One told the court that he was grateful for Pietrzac’s intervention, as things could otherwise get worse.

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Another officer told the court that Russell had given clues to the threat and considered using taser guns and Russell’s punches.

Russell was not charged in connection with his arrest.

Russell testified that he was not driving drunk, but was sitting in a car just waiting for a ride before the incident with the police.

Pietrzak’s trial will return to court on Friday.


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RCMP officers testify in the assault trial of police officer Kelowna


RCMP officers testify in the assault trial of Police Officer Kelowna – May 25, 2022

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