A Vancouver Police officer has pleaded to wrongdoing and abuse of authority during a disciplinary hearing yesterday.
Constable Taylor Robinson was recorded on CCTV shoving Sandy Davidsen while on patrol duty on Hastings Street on June 9, 2010. Robinson appears unprovoked before pushing the Downtown Eastside resident, who is suffering from cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis.
It was apparently his first day on the street with the police department, and he graduated from police training six months prior to the incident.
His lawyer is pleading for a two-day suspension, however, the Office of the Police Complaints Commissioner is pressing for an eight to 10 day suspension and the lawyer representing Davidsen is asking for 15 days.
The court will reconvene on October 17 to establish a decision on punishment. There has been criticism over the delays to the case, however, the adjudicator has since opened the hearings to discussing police practices and training.
Robinson previously denied abuse of authority for pushing Davidsen. A human rights complaint and assault charge were also filed by Davidsen, but both were eventually settled and stayed.
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