Edmonton police commission upholds suspension of officer charged with assault
August 20, 2020
The Edmonton police commission has upheld the suspension without pay of an officer facing an assault charge for a violent 2019 arrest in which he walked up to an Indigenous man under arrest and drove his knee into the prone man's back.
The commission made the decision after a July 13 hearing in which the Edmonton Police Association (EPA), the union that represents police members, argued the suspension against Cst. Michael Partington was not warranted, a letter from the union president to members states.
In his July 23 letter, obtained by CBC News, EPA president Sgt. Michael Elliott told members "you are not alone in your frustrations, anger, and resentment" and assured them the union is using "every proper legal mechanism available to address what we feel is an incorrect and unjust decision."