CPS says ‘system needs improvement’ following trial of officer charged with assault

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Although a supervisor witnessed the takedown and reported it, leading to an internal investigation, charges weren’t laid against Dunn until May 22, 2019 — nearly 17 months after the incident.

CPS then released a brief statement about the charge and incident, which it called an “on-duty occurrence” leading to a woman’s injury. Police did not release the woman’s name or any other details about the alleged assault.

Dunn was relieved from duty with pay “pending further review.” A year later he was reinstated to administrative duties.

The police service defended keeping Dunn employed and paid during the long period of time before his trial.

“Depending on any risks to the public, officer and Service, we strive to keep officers working rather than on paid leave,” said the statement. “Often, they are moved to a role where they do not interact with the public. This helps with the wellbeing of the officer and their family, and ensures we still get a return on wages.”

CPS said any potential disciplinary action against Dunn would have to wait until the court case played out. A disciplinary hearing, as well as any statement from CPS on whether appropriate force was used during the arrest, would have jeopardized Dunn’s right to a fair trial.

“Police officers have the same rights as everyone else, including being assumed innocent until proven guilty and the right to a fair trial,” said the statement. “When criminal charges are laid, we must ensure our actions do not impact either of these rights.”

During the trial, Dunn maintained that he was trying to move Kafi’s headscarf for a police photo when she resisted. During the struggle, he said, he felt her grab his wrist.

However, Crown lawyer Ryan Pollard said Dunn’s version of events “really doesn’t make sense.”

A date for the judge’s decision in the case will be set next week.

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