July 17, 2017 6:29 pm
Updated: July 18, 2017 5:30 pm

Assault charge against Calgary Police Association president withdrawn

Alberta Justice confirmed an assault charge against Les Kaminski was withdrawn on July 17, 2017.

Global News
A A

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Alberta Justice confirmed Monday that the assault charge against Kaminski had been withdrawn.

Story continues below

“It’s huge [that] these assault charges have been withdrawn,” Kaminski’s lawyer Alain Hepner told Global News.

READ MORE: Les Kaminski remains Calgary Police Association president despite charges

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.

WATCH BELOW: Experts say allegations against Calgary Police Association president couldn’t come at a worse time

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

© 2017 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

Report an error

Comments

Comments closed.

Due to the sensitive and/or legal subject matter of some of the content on globalnews.ca, we reserve the ability to disable comments from time to time.

Please see our Commenting Policy for more.