This week’s surveillance video presented in court shows a cop assaulting a black woman, flipping her face down into the ground.
“The brutal move is called judo style throw, ” said one of the fellow cops.
The video was made public on Monday after the permission granted by a provincial court judge, Michelle Christopher. The case is though 3 years old. The incident took place in December 2017 in Calgary, Alberta. Alex Dunn, a police constable, gets charged for assaulting a woman, Dalia Kafi.
Though accused of bodily harming a woman during an arrest, Dunn is still allowed to continue his police officer services.
The video shows Dalia Kafi standing beside the wall with her hands cuffed behind when a cop named Dunn tries to pull off her headscarf. Dalia showed resistance and tried to stop him. Dunn reacted violently to the situation and slammed her head down on the floor.
Dalia Kafi got her head and nose hurt, and the floor got flooded with blood. Two other cops reached the scene and lifted Dalia. Dalia Kafi got her nose fractured and a split in lips and was taken to the hospital for stitches.
The hearing of the case kept getting delayed due to the pandemic, and the cop involved was forbidden to carry operational services; his duty was restricted to administrative roles.
Alex Dunn, 34, in conversation with the media, said he didn’t harm the lady intentionally. Dalia’s hand slipped out of her cuffs and got wrapped around the officer’s hand; thus, the response was meant to hold and control the suspect.
Dalia was charged for telling a fake name during a traffic stop to pass a curfew and turn on the yellow light. She was handcuffed and taken into custody that night.
MacDonald, the commanding officer at the scene, said Dalia was arguing about her arrest, but she was not threatening or being offensive towards Dunn. He also added that he couldn’t find any reason that can justify the judo style throw.
Dalia’s mom couldn’t stand the disturbing video showing her daughter getting assaulted mercilessly. She left the court during a hearing on Monday when the video was played in the court. The trial ended on Wednesday, but the judge’s verdict has yet to come.