Following the release of a gruesome surveillance video, a Toronto cop has pleaded guilty to assault for forcing his K-9 to maul a compliant and already subdued suspect. Ofc. Michael Partridge was originally charged with assault with a weapon — the weapon being the dog – however, because he took a plea bargain, his charge was reduced to simple assault. When watching the horrific video below, you will see that there is nothing simple about what happened.
A Toronto court heard that a surveillance video captured the incident that shows Partridge kicking and punching the suspect while the dog bit and clamped down on the man’s arm, according to CBC.
As the Star reports:
The officers followed the men to a condominium near the Gladstone Hotel where they were met by several Toronto police officers. Around 3:30 p.m., one of the suspects was arrested after he walked out of the condominium and a subsequent search revealed a baggy with loose ammunition.
Partridge was on scene with his police dog, Lex, to support the arrests, court heard. Officers then received information that another suspect had entered the condominium with another man, both of whom bolted when officers tried to arrest them.
Three officers quickly caught one of the suspects, but the other had gotten away. Several officers then began searching for him when bystanders on a rooftop pointed in the direction of a running man.
The suspect — Median Jackson — sprinted into an alley, and lay down, winded, near a set of stairs, which was captured on surveillance video from the Gladstone Hotel. That video was filed in court as an exhibit.
In the video, York Region police Const. Matt McLean arrives and orders Jackson face down until help arrives. Court heard that the officer didn’t have his handcuffs because he had used them on one of the other suspects.
“Jackson was compliant, lying face down underneath the stairs,” Crown attorney Peter Scrutton told the court.
At this point, however, Partridge sicced his K9 and then began kicking Jackson while he was down. His kicks only seemed to further enrage the dog.
“While these strikes did not cause any injury, they appeared to have served to incite the dog, which continued to grip and bite Mr. Jackson’s arm,” Scrutton told the court.
After he was beaten and mauled, Jackson was arrested and charged with breaking and entering. However, because of the officer’s actions as seen on the surveillance footage, all the charges against Jackson were dropped.
“Having heard the facts, in my view this would be an error of judgment, perhaps through inadequate training, rather than being premeditated or a loss of temper,” said Justice Harvey Brownstone.
According to the Star, Partridge said little during the proceedings, and his lawyer declined comment. The officer is scheduled for sentencing on Sept. 27. He also faces three Police Services Act charges, including two for discreditable conduct and one for unnecessary exercise of authority.
Because Partridge was a cop in Canada, he was actually held accountable for his actions. Time and again, in the United States, however, officers are repeatedly seen siccing their K9s on surrendering, handcuffed, and even innocent people, and they face no accountability whatsoever.
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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimates that nearly 150 Americans now die from a drug overdose each day. In the past decade, opioid overdoes have quadrupled, as have sales of prescription opioid painkillers. There are now more deaths attributable to drug overdoses than a combination of gun homicides and car crashes. At least 1,000 people receive emergency room treatment for prescription drug misuse every day, and about 50 percent of opioid overdose deaths involve prescription opioids.
Against that backdrop, the Commission on Combating Drug Addiction has, among other interim recommendations, urged President Trump to declare a national emergency over the opioid addiction crisis. With Americans consuming more opioids than any other country around the globe, the Commission also observed that the massive societal and public health problem begins in doctor’s offices and hospitals rather than on street corners where self-destructive drug transactions traditionally occur.
Many Big Pharma dissenters have claimed that the manufacturer of the OxyContin, Purdue Pharma, has some explaining to do about misleading marketing and the overprescribing by doctors of opioid painkillers.
From The Daily Caller:
Purdue Pharma is owned by the Sackler family, listed at 19th on the annual Forbes list of wealthiest families in the country at a worth of $13 billion. The family’s fortune largely comes from OxyContin sales, which their company branded and introduced as an extended release painkiller in 1995. Purdue Pharma pleaded guilty in 2007 to felony charges for false marketing of OxyContin and paid $635 million as a result. The company overstated how long the effects of the medication lasted and severely downplayed the addiction risks of the drug. Three executives also pleaded guilty to criminal charges but dodged prison time.
Still in business, Purdue Pharma has banked about $35 billion in revenue since OxyContin was introduced into the marketplace in 1995.
Perhaps an example of no good deed — if calling it a good deed is appropriate under the circumstances — goes unpunished, Purdue Pharma reconfigured OxyContin to be more abuse-deterrent in 2010. Until 2010, 160 mg OxyContin tablets were wildly popular since abusers could sniff or inject the crushed pills for a powerful, long-lasting high. When OxyContin (which is a patented form of oxycodone) was reformulated to prevent abuse, addicts switched to heroin, which is far cheaper, through the criminal underground, Natural News previously explained.
Against the backdrop, critics argue that Big Pharma is responsible for a double dose, as it were, of responsibility for those who got hooked on prescription drugs and those who become addicted to street narcotics, both of which can be fatal.
A related question: Where was the FDA when all this is or was going on?
Purdue and other Big Pharma companies are now being hauled into court in some jurisdictions for their alleged role in the nationwide opioid epidemic. (Related: Read more about Big Pharma’s toxic drugs at BigPharmaNews.com.)
The Daily Caller also claims that the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JC) allegedly worked closely with Purdue Pharma on pain-management standards and educational materials.
The standards, implemented in January 2001, downplayed the risks of opioids and served to encourage doctors who wanted to remain in good standing to prescribe the drugs for pain treatment, whether acute or chronic…Critics say the coordinated elevation of pain management treatment within the medical profession by the JC and Purdue Pharma primed the system that would eventually devolve into the current epidemic of addiction.
According to various medical experts who provided forecasts to the STAT website, opioid-related deaths could spike to 250 per day as synthetic compounds such as fentanyl and carfentanil continue to gain currency in the U.S. Under that scenario, the death toll over the next decade could range from 500,000 to 650,000 Americans.
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