Officers who laughed at injured suspect unprofessional, says judge

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Calgary police officers who laughed at and joked about a suspect seeking medical attention for police dog bites acted unprofessionally, a judge ruled Monday in finding the accused’s rights were violated. Provincial court Judge Heather Lamoureux agreed with defence counsel Andrea Urquhart that the conduct of the officers who dealt with Latef Reakwon Tag El Din amounted to cruel and unusual punishment. Lamoureux noted body-worn cameras show at one point Tag El Din “almost begging for medical help,” telling officers he is dying, only to be told “we’re all dying.” Urquhart will ask the judge to rule that evidence against her client, including the discovery of a loaded handgun, be excluded because of the Charter breaches.