An assault charge has been dropped against the president of Calgary’s police union.
Sgt. Les Kaminski of the Calgary Police Association was charged with assault with a weapon and perjury in connection with a 2008 traffic stop in downtown Calgary.
Alberta Justice confirmed Monday that the assault charge against Kaminski had been withdrawn.
“It’s huge [that] these assault charges have been withdrawn,” Kaminski’s lawyer Alain Hepner told Global News.
A second officer, Const. Brant Derrick, also faced a charge of assault in connection with the traffic stop, which led to the arrest of Jason Arkinstall.
Arkinstall was charged with uttering threats against Derrick, but was acquitted in 2011. A provincial court judge said in his written decision that Kaminski and Derrick were not credible witnesses.
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Kaminski will still stand trial on a perjury charge. A new date for the trial has not been set.
Hepner said his legal team is working on securing a fall trial for Kaminski and plans to “vigorously” defend the allegations.
“This is a 31-year veteran with the Calgary Police Service with an unblemished record. He’s a public servant,” he said.
Kaminski became head of the 2,200-member union earlier this year.
Derrick is expected to stand trial on the assault charge on Nov. 7, 2017.
With files from Jill Croteau, Global News
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