Even I, who have a bit of a jaundiced eye when it comes to the behaviour of Ottawa’s police force as a whole, am surprised by how much police brutality has come to light since the Stacy Bonds incident. I can’t even keep up with it all here on the blog. I skipped the last few because I don’t want my blog to be overwhelmed with accounts of police brutality. I haven’t got a vendetta against the Ottawa Police Service or anything like that; I just want them to fire their thugs.
There’s only so much one can say about police brutality. Details may change from one incident to the next – the individual cops involved, the type of victim, the location (ie on the street as opposed to in the cell block) – but the commentary remains the same: Police brutality is a despicable and cowardly act of bullying because of the power imbalance between the victim and his or her assailants, and it is completely unacceptable in a civilized society. I do not subscribe to the “bad apple” theory, and I would guess that as more and more allegations (and videos) come to light, more and more people are agreeing with me.
Today’s incident involves a young man, Mark Krupa, driving his teenaged brother home after having dinner at their mom’s house. A car pulled up alongside him at a red light, and its driver started yelling at him about speeding, along with snarky comments about his car. As it turned out, the driver was a cop in an unmarked car. He didn’t show a badge and Krupa didn’t believe he was a cop, so he kept driving. He was subsequently pulled over by by an officer in a marked car, who was joined by the original plainclothes officer in the unmarked car.
Krupa was ordered out of his car, handcuffed, and beat up to the tune of a black eye, abrasions, contusions, lacerations to his face and head and sprains to his shoulders and legs. He was later visited in the hospital by the police, who laid charges of stunt driving and failing to stop for a police officer. Both charges have since been withdrawn.
Mr. Krupa has no criminal record and no previous dealings with the Ottawa Police. I mention this only because if they beat the crap out of ordinary, law-abiding citizens for traffic infractions, I shudder to think what they do to criminals.
Mr. Krupa filed an official complaint. The Ottawa Police Service investigated and exonerated themselves, as usual. He then took the complaint higher, to Ontario’s civilian police commission. They disagreed with the Ottawa findings, and ruled that Const. Kevin Jacobs be charged under the Police Services Act for unlawful and excessive use of authority.
It’ll be interesting to see if he’s found guilty, and, if so, what penalties will be applied. I say fire the thug. It’s a no-brainer.