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Willow Kinloch, then aged 15, got picked up three years ago by the Victoria police for the victimless crime of being drunk in public. For her own protection, or something.
Somehow unable to manage taking an intoxicated, frightened young woman back to her mother, the cops take her back to a jail cell. Things get really out of hand when Ms. Kinloch kicks a shoe at a poor defenseless jail matron. She’s pinned against a wall, thrown to the ground by two police officers, bound at the hands and ankles and left sitting against the cell door like that. For four hours. Without a toilet. With nothing to eat or drink.
Kinloch took the uniformed bullies to court, and won. The Victoria PD has been ordered to pay her $60,000 to settle the case.
The sanctimonious police chief was quoted by Canwest News Service:
B.C. teen who was tethered in jail cell wins lawsuit
Jury says police used excessive force
Victoria’s interim police Chief Bill Naughton said the police department will be reviewing the jury’s decision and assessing its next steps.
“While it was always our intention to keep Ms. Kinloch safe, I do regret the distress the incident has caused Ms. Kinloch and her family,” Naughton said.
He said as soon as he became aware of the incident, he advised the office of the Police Complaint Commissioner and initiated an external investigation now being conducted by the Vancouver Police Department. He has also ordered a review of policies regarding the restraint of people in custody.
Naughton said he was surprised at the verdict but would not elaborate.
Asked what would happen to the officers involved, he said he would be in a better position to comment after thoroughly reviewing the jury’s comments.
“I think it is critical to understand that while the jury has found fault on behalf of the officers, they did not find it necessary to punish them by awarding punitive damages, and I think that’s very significant,” Naughton said.
A local radio station reports:
VICTORIA POLICE REACT TO KINLOCH LAWSUIT VERDICT
IT’S THE DEPARTMENT WHO HAS BEEN ORDERED TO PAY THE $60-THOUSAND, NOT THE OFFICERS PERSONALLY.
And the burly jail matron whose ridiculous overreaction to being hit in the leg by a flying sneaker is having second thoughts about having been assaulted, according to the Vancouver Sun:
Guard backs off from claim teen assaulted her
Jail matron admits video doesn’t support story
Presented with video evidence in court Friday, a Victoria jail matron named in a civil suit backed away from a statement she signed three years earlier claiming a local teen assaulted her.
Victoria’s taxpayers, who will be forced to foot the bill for these thugs’ misdeeds, were not interviewed. They can rest easy, though, that the police are still out there “protecting” people, and that “protecting” their city from the nightmare horror of a drunken teenager cost them only $60,000. Plus legal fees. Plus court fees. Plus the salaries of everyone involved. Plus… oh never mind.