Guards who beat prisoner, jailed…for a few days

It’s amazing what Jail Guards, Police and other authority get away with. Prisioners are an easy prey for the bullies of authority and position of power. And these guards will get every special treatment while serving their few days in jail.

It’s kind of scary to think we live in country where there seems to be almost a complete void in terms police accountability. Until there is a truly independent agency put in charge of investigating cases regarding police misconduct how can we truly say we live in a free society? Some very intelligent people understood democracy called for checks and balances a very long time ago, and I don’t think it’s too much to ask to finally apply the principle towards those we entrust to protect are lives and safety.

This story is nothing compared to what I’ve seen and heard.

Courts Bureau

The Court of Appeal has overturned house arrest sentences and is ordering jail for four Toronto court guards who viciously beat a prisoner and used his body to mop juice off the floor.

The court officers “owed the victim, a prisoner entrusted in their custody, a duty to take care of his safety,” ruled the three-judge panel, in a written judgement releasedtoday.

In June 2007, Ontario Superior Court Justice Tamarin Dunnet sentenced John Feeney, 31, Thomas Findlay, 37, Kamaljeet Kang, 35, and Jeffrey Martin, 29, to house arrest terms ranging from 45 to 90 days. She also sentenced them to six months’ probation and 50 hours of community service in the on Sept. 30, 2004 attack on prisoner Dexter Boyce in the holding cells of Old City Hall courthouse.

“The victim was kicked in the face, given flying kicks and punched in the back and face. In addition, the victim was grabbed by his bound hands and legs and his body was used as a mop to wipe juice from the floor,” the appeal court judges wrote.

Justices Robert Sharpe, Susan Lang and Gloria Epstein gave the guards jail sentences of: 60 days for Feeney and Findlay; 45 days for Martin and 30 days for Kang.

The guards tried to cover up their involvement and filed false reports, the trial judge found.

“When officers entrusted with such duties commit a collective, premeditated, vicious and humiliating assault upon a defenceless prisoner, and then try to cover up their actions, a sentence emphasizing the principles of deterrence and denunciation is called for,” the appeal court judges wrote.

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