Constable slams handcuffed woman into ground in ‘worst use of force’ ever seen: senior officer

A judge in Canada released the video of Constable Alex Dunn slamming a handcuffed woman into the ground

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A stunning new video released by a judge at a constable’s trial has shown a Canadian police officer violently slamming a handcuffed woman into the ground face-first.

According to local reports, Monday, provincial court Judge Michelle Christopher agreed to release the video to the media of the 2017 arrest of Dalia Kafi who was 26 years old at the time.

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Const. Alex Dunn is on trial for assault causing bodily harm stemming from an arrest in 2017 when Dalia Kafi was thrown to the ground, face-first, while handcuffed. (Court Exhibit )

The young woman had been detained due to allegations that she breached a court-ordered curfew, and was at the CPS arrest processing unit when she was forcibly dragged to the ground in what one 30-year police vet called the “worst use of force” he’d ever seen in his career.

At one point, Kafi’s head can literally be seen bouncing off the concrete floor, which caused her to need surgery for a broken nose and stitches in her lip.  As a result, Const. Alex Dunn is currently on trial on a charge of assault causing bodily harm.

Prosecutor Ryan Pollard called Kafi up as the first of three witnesses. In her account, she explained that she’d been at a friend’s house braiding hair on Dec. 12, 2017, when it suddenly dawned on her that she was out past her court-ordered 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew. 

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While her friend was driving her home, the driver was pulled over for turning on a yellow light. She admitted that initially, she gave the officers her sister’s name out of fear. But once she told Dunn her real name, she was arrested, placed in handcuffs, and taken to the processing unit where the alleged assault took place.

“There’s only one type of sound when somebody’s bone hits the floor and that’s what I heard,” Staff Sgt. Gordon Macdonald, who was the commanding officer at the APU, testified while recalling how Dunn slammed the handcuffed woman face-first onto the ground in a “judo-style throw.”

“I advised him that it was the worst use of force that I had seen,” said Macdonald.

It wasn’t till Kafi lay motionless on the ground as other officers approached that Dunn finally stepped away.

CPS confirms that while Dunn was suspended with pay for a year after he was charged, he has since been brought back for an administrative role with the service. 

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