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Calgary police officer who slammed woman during arrest given 30-day conditional sentence

CALGARY —
A Calgary police officer who slammed a handcuffed woman to the ground face-first has been given a 30-day conditional sentence.

That means Alex Dunn, who was found guilty in December of assault causing bodily harm, will serve no time in jail, but rather a combination of 24-hour house arrest followed by house arrest with a curfew.

Dunn had brought Dalia Kafi in for breaking a curfew when a security camera in the arrest area captured what happened.

The video played during his trial showed him throwing her down and blood pooling on the ground where her face hit the floor.

Provincial court Judge Michelle Christopher says all cases of police brutality need to be taken seriously.

But she says Dunn has otherwise been a law-abiding contributing member of society.

She says the victim’s injuries were not serious and Dunn’s moral culpability is relatively low.

Kafi is Black, but there was no suggestion from lawyers that the December 2017 attack was racially motivated.

The Crown had asked for a nine-month jail term.


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