Monday, July 31, 2017

Former Cop facing criminal harassment trial sues Calgary Police Service

A former Calgary police officer and his wife at the center of a corruption probe that resulted in criminal charges against them are suing the force, alleging they were victims of defamation and that their Charter rights were violated. Steve Walton, who was with the Calgary Police Service from 1978 to 2003, and his wife, Heather, who was a civilian employee with CPS from 1990 to 2003, operated a private investigation firm. Their company contracted former and current police officers to do surveillance and security guard jobs.
Investigators arrested and charged the Waltons in June 2016, alleging they had been illegally using the CPS computer system to gather information for their private clients. Steve Walton was charged with criminal harassment, bribing an officer, perjury and improper storage of a firearm. Heather Walton was charged with criminal harassment, bribery and improper storage of a firearm. The Waltons are suing for $5.5 million. The lawsuit alleges the Waltons' business suffered because of misconduct by the police, resulting in them losing clients. Anthony Braile — who was fired by the Calgary police in February for professional misconduct was also charged with criminal harassment, breach of trust and bribery in connection to work he did for the Waltons' firm.
Anthony Braile