Canadian News/Legal Matter: Individual Report
Toronto officer who allegedly Tasered and stomped on man mid-arrest makes first appearance before the tribunal.
Sargent Eduardo Miranda was involved in an incident where he was captured on video tasering and stomping on a man mid-arrest at the corner of Dundas St. E. and Church St. Miranda had instructed another officer to stop a citizen, Waseem Khan, from recording the arrest on his phone from approximately 20 feet away. Khan insisted he had the right to record, and two officers warned him that they were going to confiscate his phone. Khan explained that he was not obstructing or involved in the investigation. There was also misconduct by two other police officers for their statements to Khan during the video recording. One officer told Khan the man police were arresting was "going to spit in your face, you're going to get AIDS." Khan filed a formal complaint to the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD).
This article relates to the scope of practice for Paralegals because Eduardo Miranda, who is charged with misconduct for allegedly using excessive force during an arrest, made a brief appearance before a tribunal at police headquarters. Paralegals can offer legal services in areas such as small claims court, traffic court, tribunal work, and small convictions. Paralegals make legal services affordable and accessible to clients.
The legal issue in the article is police misconduct. In this case, the police misconduct that was being used was excessive force. Excessive force is when an officer uses an amount of force that exceeds what is needed in order to control a situation, it could be used verbally and physically. By, law, an officer has the right to use some kind of force only when needed, but the use of excessive force is not permitted in law enforcement. If a police officer is found of using excessive force they may be charged or terminated. The use of excessive force in this case also violates Section 12 of the Charter of Rights and Canadian News/Legal Matter: Individual Report Freedom which states "Everyone has the right not to be subjec...