June 26, 2015
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The Calgary Police Service's legal woes are not limited to 2013 incidents, either. In July of 2014, Calgarian Brian de Vries was pulled over in rush hour traffic during a routine stop. While walking to his trunk to retrieve his wallet and filming with his cell phone, de Vries alleges that his phone was smacked out of his hand and he was tackled to the ground, his head struck against the pavement repeatedly until he lost consciousness.
Though these allegations, as with the allegations in the other cases, remain unproven in a Calgary-area court, de Vries is staking a $90,000 claim while asserting their validity.
These three cases are some of the more prominent suits to be brought against the Calgary Police this year, but they are not the only accusations of personal injuries allegedly caused by the police. Injuries arising out of police misconduct are actionable in civil courts, however proving that misconduct occurred and that injuries were sustained as a direct result of this misconduct can prove complex.
Time will tell if the facts asserted by the plaintiffs in these Calgary personal injury lawsuits have merit, and if the Calgary Police Service owe the injured parties any financial compensation. The outcome of these cases could affect future police policy in Calgary and throughout Alberta.
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