Long Arm of the Law: Video Captures Police Beating Tasered Suspect

This video of Winnipeg police officers repeatedly beating Cody Bousquet during an arrest on February 27, 2009. Bousquet reportedly had been tasered by the officers. One of the officers Const. Ryan Law was previously arrested for aggravated assault for kicking a suspect in the stomach in an interrogation room. He is the nephew of the Chief of Police.

Bousquet was accused of driving dangerously and assaulting an officer. The video came from a security camera.

Chief Keith McCaskill has recused himself in light of his nephew’s involvement.

The assault charge is particularly worthy of investigating. While there may be an assault not shown on this video, we have also seen such charges added when a suspect is severely beaten. The other question is whether any of the other officers who witnessed the beating had voluntarily revealed the information before this security camera tape materialized.

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7 thoughts on “Long Arm of the Law: Video Captures Police Beating Tasered Suspect”

  1. Buddha,

    Based on what I am aware of Canada. This is still where agriculture reigns supreme. I would suspect that the nephew will be discharged. But the rural Canadian cops can be more brutal than those charged with enforcing the law in Arizona.

  2. AY,

    Maybe, maybe not. I’d like to hear more about how the Canadian press is handling this issue at the local levels. This is the kind of thing that with proper exposure could indeed force official investigations and/or charges.

  3. What does one do in a situation like this. Sue them….Will the officer ever be criminally charged? Probably not.

  4. There are a lot of officers here who allowed the beating to continue and need to be dismissed from the force along with the Nephew. This officer should spend some serious jail time for the brutal beating he gave this suspect, but I am not holding my breath. It actually looked like the officers looked up at the camera a couple of times to see if they might be on camera, but the assailant kept striking the suspect while the other 3 held him.

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