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Victoria, BC citizenry to pay $60,000 to brutalized teen

16 May 2008 by Mike Gogulski
Posted in police, prison, surveillance | 6 Comments »

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.

  1. 6 Responses to “Victoria, BC citizenry to pay $60,000 to brutalized teen”

  2. By Michelle on 25 April 2010

    This girl was a golddigger because she waited
    three years for a lawsuit. She was not entitled to it at all. I have had worse happen to me.

  3. By Mike Gogulski on 25 April 2010

    @Michelle: Yes, her gold-digger-y-ness, was clearly visible on the video.

  4. By Michelle on 25 April 2010

    Why would kids listen to their parents or
    authority NOW? Teens need to learn from their parents and other adults. She was drunk in public as a minor and she didn’t know where she lived. Miss Kinloch should have been in her parents’ home not wandering around by herself. She could have been injured or taken by someone else other than police. Her dramatic jail cell actions were hopeless. Drama princess.

  5. By Mike Gogulski on 25 April 2010

    @Michelle: From a young adult wandering about in public under the influence, you somehow derive the rightness of her being physically assaulted, restrained, kidnapped, imprisoned in a cage, beaten, further restrained, and denied food and water. You said you had worse, so I will put the question as delicately as I can: Did you come to sympathize with those who were abusing you?

  6. By Mike Gogulski on 25 April 2010

    Or, put another way: How long has it been your habit to blame the victim?

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