I find this story quite disturbing. Bad enough that the police are beating up on women and drunks and people in custody, but kids too?
The 15-year-old kid, on the evening in question, was getting into a little trouble with some friends – throwing paintballs, lighting a newspaper on fire in a schoolyard. When a plainclothes cop yelled at him, he ran. He didn’t believe the cop was a cop. Two cops gave chase, tackled the kid and pinned him to the ground. The kid stopped resisting. The two officers started hitting him in the face and head. They kept demanding that he put out his hands, but whenever he tried, they hit him some more. Once he was finally cuffed, one officer put his knee on his neck and hit him again.
It’s not just a case of the cops’ word against the kid’s. There were civilian witnesses. And photos of the kid’s injuries, which included an impression of teeth on his shoulder.
The kid was charged with mischief. After his mother complained to police, another charge was added: assaulting a police officer.
This seems to be a fairly common practice among the Ottawa Police – charging the people they assault with assaulting them.
The cop has been exonerated of wrongdoing by the Office of the Independent Police Review Director, a provincial civilian agency. It was concluded by the review that the amount of force used by the officer was ‘acceptable.’
The kid – who has no criminal record – still faces charges of assaulting a police officer.
“Mainly it’s been upsetting that as the person beaten by the police, I am now the only one charged and the cops and the OIPRD only seem interested in supporting each other in not holding Const. MacFadden responsible for his actions of violence towards me,” the boy said in a statement.