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<p>One of two misconduct charges against a city cop, accused of assaulting an Oilers fan while her hands were cuffed behind her back on Whyte Avenue during the 2006 Stanley Cup playoffs, was dropped yesterday.</p>

Charges stem from an incident during ’06 Stanley Cup run


One of two misconduct charges against a city cop, accused of assaulting an Oilers fan while her hands were cuffed behind her back on Whyte Avenue during the 2006 Stanley Cup playoffs, was dropped yesterday.



During a disciplinary hearing in the case of Const. Shane Connor, police service lawyer Simon Johnson successfully asked the internal disciplinary judge, Halifax-based RCMP assistant commissioner Ian Atkins, to find a charge of discreditable conduct "not sustained."



The internal charge stemmed from an allegation that Connor had yelled and swore at Kristin Wilson to get on a bus while he was making the arrest June 17, 2006.



"While words were spoken, she (Wilson) could not attribute them to Const. Connor," said Johnson, the presenting officer of the case.



Connor is still facing an internal charge of unlawful or unnecessary exercise of authority after he allegedly used excessive force against Wilson while she was in handcuffs. He pleaded not guilty to both charges. Wilson was not prosecuted after her arrest.



During testimony at the hearing yesterday, a paramedic who treated Wilson in an arresting area that night, told the woman was bleeding from her mouth, but she didn’t require much medical attention.



"She was loud, theatrical, as if she was calling for fame," said Brent Kelland who described Wilson as being drunk while he was treating her.



"I wouldn’t go as far as to quote her, but the F-word came out of her quite frequently."



Wilson’s injuries have been listed as a concussion, bruises and broken teeth.



Sgt. Shawna Goodkey, a city police expert in police use of force who trained Connor, told Connor’s lawyer, Alex Pringle, the officer followed normal procedures if Wilson was deemed an "active resister" after studying evidence of photographs of the arrest taken by the Edmonton Journal.



Goodkey says police can still use necessary force that could result in minimal injuries, even if a suspect is resisting while in handcuffs.



"(Handcuffs) certainly doesn’t stop aggressive behaviour," said Goodkey while she was cross-examined by the defence.




jeff.cummings@metronews.ca



















decisions still to come




  • Closing arguments are expected to begin today by both lawyers and a decision is not expected until next month.


 
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