Surveillance footage shows Calgary police officer beating handcuffed black woman face down

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Shocking surveillance footage showed a Calgary police officer punching a handcuffed black woman to the ground and breaking her nose in what a colleague described as the “worst use of force he has seen in 30 years” .

Calgary Police Constable Alex Dunn has been charged with assault causing bodily harm following the violent incident during the arrest of Dalia Kafi in December 2017 in Calgary, Province of Alberta , in western Canada.

Dunn is currently on trial for the alleged assault, but has not been forcibly discharged and is currently working in an administrative role.

Video released during her trial on Monday shows the policeman throwing Kafi to the ground in a “judo-style throw”, bouncing her face off the concrete and leaving her lying in a pool of blood.

A Calgary police officer is on trial for slamming a handcuffed black woman to the ground and breaking her nose in what a colleague described as “the worst use of force he has seen in 30 years.” In the incident photo above

The shocking images of the incident were shown in court this week and provincial court judge Michelle Christopher has agreed to release them to members of the media.

It shows the officer approaching Kafi, then 26, who is handcuffed with his back against the wall inside a facility for handling police arrests.

Dunn reaches for Kafi’s head and tries to remove the scarf she is wearing.

Kafi tries to lean away from him but Dunn pulls him out of his head.

The cop then throws her forcefully on her face on the floor in one quick motion, her face visibly bouncing off the floor.

Dunn holds Kafi’s wrists which are handcuffed behind her back and her arms are held aloft as she is still on the ground for a moment.

Kafi is seen tossing slightly as Dunn continues to hold her arms and gaze at her on the ground for several seconds, not moving to check for her injuries.

Another male officer then walks about 15 seconds later and Dunn walks away.

The officer helps Dafi get to his knees and blood splatter is visible on the floor from the face of the alleged victim.

Two other male officers emerge from the frame and one is seen putting on medical gloves.

There is no audio in the footage.

Calgary Police Constable Alex Dunn was charged with assault causing bodily harm in the arrest of Dalia Kafi in December 2017 in Calgary. Shocking footage of the incident was shown in court this week during Dunn's trial

Calgary Police Constable Alex Dunn was charged with assault causing bodily harm during the arrest of Dalia Kafi in December 2017 in Calgary. Shocking footage of the incident was shown in court this week during Dunn’s trial

Dunn walks up to Kafi, 26 at the time, who is handcuffed with her back against the wall inside the police arrest handling facility.

Dunn reaches for Kafi's head and tries to take off the scarf she's wearing

It shows the officer approaching Kafi, 26 at the time, who is handcuffed with his back against the wall inside the police arrest processing facility. Dunn reaches for Kafi’s head and tries to remove the scarf she is wearing

The cop then throws her forcefully on her face on the floor in one quick motion, her face visibly bouncing off the floor.

The cop then throws her forcefully on her face on the floor in one quick motion, her face visibly bouncing off the floor.

A police colleague told the court it was a

A police colleague told the court it was a “judo-style throw” and said he heard the bones of the alleged victim’s face cracking to the ground.

Dunn holds Kafi's wrists which are cuffed behind her back and her arms are held in the air as she lies on the ground for a moment in a pool of blood.

Dunn holds Kafi’s wrists which are cuffed behind her back and her arms are held aloft as she lies on the ground for a moment in a pool of blood.

Kafi was taken to hospital where she needed lip stitches and underwent surgery for a broken nose.

Calgary Police Staff Sgt. Gordon Macdonald testified that his colleague’s actions were the “worst use of force” he had seen in his 30-year career and said he could hear the black woman’s bones crack when his face hit the ground.

“There is only one type of sound when someone’s bone hits the ground and that’s what I heard,” he said from the witness box, according to CBC .

‘I advised [Dunn] it was the worst use of force I have seen, ”said Macdonald.

Macdonald, who was the arresting unit’s commanding officer, said Kafi “backed up” from Dunn when he threw her face first in a “judo-style throw,” responding “no” when asked. if Kafi had acted in a way it would have justified the use of force.

He said the black woman complained about her arrest but was in no way threatening or aggressive towards any of the officers.

He said he feared the worst for Kafi after seeing and hearing the assault and calling for paramedics.

Macdonald said it was standard practice for the arresting officer to accompany those arrested to hospital, but decided it was not appropriate for Dunn to remain in the presence of the man 26 years old.

Other agents arrive and Kafi is taken to the hospital where she has had stitches on her lip and an operation for her broken nose. Dunn is currently on trial for the alleged assault, but has not been forcibly discharged and is currently working in an administrative role

More agents arrive and Kafi is taken to the hospital where she has had stitches on her lip and an operation for her broken nose. Dunn is currently on trial for the alleged assault, but has not been forcibly discharged and is currently working in an administrative role.

The alleged assault took place in December 2017 when Dunn arrested Kafi for allegedly breaking a court-ordered curfew.

Kafi said she went to a friend’s house braiding her hair on the night of December 12 when she realized she was out after her 10 p.m. curfew to 6 a.m. morning.

She told the court that a friend was driving her home when they were arrested for turning on a yellow light.

Kafi said she first gave her sister’s name to the cops because she violated her curfew.

She then admitted her real name to Dun and was arrested, handcuffed and taken to the Arrest Processing Unit.

She said she was told to stand against a wall to have her picture taken when the incident took place.

Judge Michelle Christopher has agreed to release the shocking images

Judge Michelle Christopher has agreed to release the shocking images

The black woman told the court that she passed out for a while after hitting her head on the ground, realizing that her face was covered in blood.

Kafi’s mother let out a throaty noise and left the courtroom after seeing the disturbing footage of the alleged assault on her daughter on Monday, CBC reported.

Dunn was charged with assault after concerns were raised by colleagues and an internal investigation was opened.

The cop was suspended with pay for a year pending trial but, after delays due to COVID-19, was allowed to return to work in “non-operational duties,” Calgary police said.

The internal force disciplinary process, which will be completed after the trial, will also determine whether Dunn’s use of force was reasonable and what disciplinary action, such as dismissal, should be taken.

“To ensure that the judicial process is not unfairly influenced, we are limited in the completion of our internal disciplinary process until the judicial process is completed,” police said in a statement.

“In general terms, police officers are trained to defuse conflict and use the least amount of force necessary to resolve a situation safely.

“We expect them to follow the law, our policies and our training. “

The case comes a month after a judge ruled that several Calgary cops were making fun of a black man bitten by a police dog.

Justice Heather Lamoureux ruled in September that 24-year-old Latef Reakwon Tag El Din had his rights to life, liberty and security of the person violated by several Calgary police officers when they made fun of him as he asked to be taken to hospital for his injuries.

The judge criticized the cops for carrying out “cruel and unusual punishment” and causing “unnecessary suffering” to the black man.

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