Calgary police officer found guilty of assault causing bodily harm

WARNING: Disturbing content. 

A Calgary police officer shown throwing a handcuffed woman to the ground face-first in a disturbing video released in court in October has been found guilty of assault causing bodily harm.

The charges against Const. Alex Dunn stem from the arrest of a woman in 2017. 

Video of the Dec. 13 arrest showed shows Dunn escorting a woman, Dalia Kafi, into the arrest processing unit to have her picture taken.

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Kafi is seen standing still against a wall with her hands handcuffed behind her back when Dunn attempts to remove a scarf from her head, at which time she pulls away.

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Dunn continues trying to pull the scarf off Kafi’s head as she struggles to stop him.

Eventually, Dunn is seen throwing the handcuffed woman face-first to the ground.

Later, blood can be seen on the ground where her face hit the floor.

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During the trial, the defence suggested that Dunn believed that Kafi had slipped her hand out of her handcuffs and therefore could have used them as a weapon. 

Lawyer Cory Wilson argued for that reason, Dunn used what is called a “dynamic takedown.”

on Thursday, Judge Michelle Christopher handed down her decision, convicting him of assault causing bodily harm.

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Dunn was charged in 2019 at which time he was suspended with pay — but later returned to work with the Calgary Police Service.

He will be sentenced on Dec. 17.

– With files from with from Jessie Weisner, Global News

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