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Victoria must pay tethered teen $30,000
Friday, November 28, 2008
VICTORIA – Willow Kinloch has been granted half of the $60,000 she won in a lawsuit after being tethered in Victoria police cells, with the payment of the rest hinging on an appeal of her case by the City of Victoria.
The city had applied for a stay, or suspension, of payment until the appeal is heard, perhaps sometime next spring. But Justice Mary Saunders of the B.C. Court of Appeal ruled Thursday that Kinloch is entitled to $30,000 now.
Kinloch’s case dates to 2005 when she was 15. A B.C. Supreme Court jury came up with the award earlier this year following a decision that officers had violated Kinloch’s charter rights.
Kinloch had been picked up by police in the downtown area for being drunk and was taken to police cells.
She spent about an hour screaming and banging on the walls before two officers tried to take her home to the apartment she shared with her mother.
The apartment intercom was broken and officers wouldn’t let Kinloch yell up to a window, so she was brought back to the police station. She did not want to return to a cell, and police described her as uncooperative. She ended up being bound at the ankles, tethered and left in the cell for four hours.
Kinloch is now in Thailand.
Here’s to hoping Ms. Kinloch is safe, given the unrest in Thailand at the moment.
The further education of Willow Kinloch
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