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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Charges Dropped in Assault Case

Orillia | by Mariane McLeod  

Judge rules it was the officer who assaulted the victim and not the other way around.

Charges have been dropped against a woman in Orillia who had been accused of assaulting a police officer.
The judge in the case says it was the officer who attacked Maria 'Tonie' Farrell, leaving her with what he called  'catastrophic' injuries.
It was in April of 2011, Farrell was helping a woman who had been beaten up outside a convenience store.

The police officer who responded didn't chase after the suspect as she told him to, but ended up arresting Farrell.
However, during the arrest, Farrell was karate-kicked, sucker-punched and beaten.

She can no longer walk because one of her knees was shattered in the attack.
The Barrie Examiner reports the officer was never charged, but he was investigated by the police watchdog group, the Special Investigations Unit.

He refused to produce his notes from the event, as is his right.
OPP Sergeant Russ Watson testified that he suspected Farrell had been drinking.

He said she was disruptive and "took a poke" at him, then resisted arrest.
There has been no comment on the case from the OPP.



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