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Police officer client acquitted in use of force case

December 2022

After a 13-day trial, Trevor Martin’s client, a member of the RCMP, was found not guilty of assault. His co-accused, another RCMP officer, was also acquitted. The Crown alleged that the officers used excessive force in the course of arresting a suspect who fled from a stolen car and later resisted arrest. Both officers testified and called evidence from experts on police use of force. After considering all the evidence and the submissions of counsel, the trial judge found that the officers’ actions were “required, authorized, proportional, necessary, and reasonable.”


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