Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Calgary Police Association president Les Kaminski charged with perjury

Calgary Police Association president Les Kaminski has been criminally charged with perjury and assault with a weapon, while Const. Brant Derrick has been charged with assault causing bodily harm. The charges relate to a 2008 arrest involving a man who was later acquitted in part because a judge did not believe Kaminski and Derrick were credible or reliable witnesses.

"In 2008, I had dealings with a high-ranking member of the Hells Angels from British Columbia. That has resulted in an investigation and it's still before the courts. I just want the facts to come out," Kaminski said at the time. The alleged offences were committed during the arrest of high-profile Hells Angel Jason Arkinstall in 2008. The judge in the case said Arkinstall was “physically abused” by officers during his arrest and that an anonymously recorded video contradicted the testimony of the cops.

Kaminski was elected as the new president of the Calgary police union in November.