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Proportionality in police action … and in sentencing

The case has just been judged by the Canadian Supreme Court combining the application of the criminal code and the Canadian charter of rights and freedoms.

A motorist in a state of intoxication was arrested with the use of force as well as blows, after a police chase. The defendant pleaded guilty to « impaired driving and flight from police » but complained of the violence exercised against him. The first judge concluded that the police employed excessive force at the time of the arrest and infringed the rights guaranteed by Article 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. In consideration of this, based on paragraph 24(1) of that Charter, he set a lower sentence than the one that normally sanctions this type of offense. On appeal, the « majority judges » confirmed the reduction of the sentence on the basis of « excessive force ».

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A propos Thierry Granturco

Thierry Granturco est avocat aux Barreaux de Paris et de Bruxelles, spécialiste de droit du sport. Il est actif dans le milieu du football professionnel depuis plus de 20 ans après avoir lui-même joué à haut niveau à l'Olympique Lyonnais (OL).

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