Hamilton police officer pleads guilty to assaulting Indigenous man during arrest – CBC

Feb 07, 2023

Acting Sgt. Brian Wren reportedly stomped and kicked Patrick Tomchuk’s head 13 times

An acting sergeant with the Hamilton Police Service pleaded guilty Monday after being charged with assaulting a man during an arrest in May 2022.

Acting Sgt. Brian Wren appeared in court virtually, in front of a group of people in the courtroom wearing orange shirts, in support of Patrick Tomchuk, the Indigenous man who Wren arrested.

Ontario Court of Justice Bruce Pugsley heard Tomchuk’s lawyer, Richard Garwood-Jones, and Wren’s lawyer, Bernard Cummins, describe the arrest.

Wren was working with a plain-clothes police unit focused on street-level drug dealers and other crime. The team was helping with Project Grizzly, a one-month investigation into criminal activity involving stolen vehicles.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/officer-pleads-guilty-indigenous-assault-1.6738544

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