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Cellblock video made public

Members of the public can judge for themselves whether police treated Roxanne Carr appropriately when she was arrested.

Members of the public can judge for themselves whether police treated Roxanne Carr appropriately when she was arrested, detained in a cellblock, had her arms bound behind her back, strip-searched and allegedly left without clothes for an hour in 2008.



There are no blows thrown by police or special constables in a controversial cellblock video released Thursday by an Ontario court justice, but Carr’s lawyers disputed police assertions the video exonerates officers of allegations of police brutality.



Carr was arrested and charged with assaulting police, obstructing police and damaging property in 2008. Police were called to her apartment following a dispute between Carr and her landlord.



Her charges were dropped in April after her defence lawyer, Mark Ertel, showed the video to Crown attorney Robert Wadden.



“A very experienced Crown attorney looked at that video and withdrew these charges. The reason they were withdrawn was because it was obvious to him when he looked at her treatment in the cellblock that no judge would ever convict her of the petty offences that she was charged with, and that the treatment she received was inappropriate,” said Ertel.



He said with the release of the video, the public can now make up their own mind.



A source familiar with the case said the video was only one factor in the Crown’s decision, and that the minimal nature of the charges against Carr were disproportionate to her treatment in detention.



Carr is suing the police. Her claims have not been proven in court.

 
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