The decision was rendered in a tiny court room packed with the accused Officer’s family and friends. On and off duty Police Officer’s, lawyers, members of the public, the accuser and his lawyer were also present.
Upon entering the court room McKelvey informed the Crown they had not proved their case against Law beyond a reasonable doubt. She further indicated that Constable Law was a truthful, credible witness and that his testimony was consistent with the evidence.
Prior to the verdict, tension in the court room became increasingly palpable as a result of an almost thirty (30) minute delay in delivering the decision. Once the decision was read a dramatic collective sigh of relief reverberated inside of the court room. The raw emotion reflected in the Officer’s eye’s provided an insightful glimpse into a world full of stress, pain and uncertainty.
The nightmare for the young Police Officer is now over.
Law was represented by esteemed defense attorney Richard Wolson who picked apart allegations levelled against the Officer by an admitted Police hater with over fifty (57) criminal convictions on his record.
Career criminal Henry Lavallee (49) accused Law of viciously kicking him in the abdomen in a Public Safety Building holding cell on November 22, 2008, after he’d been collared for breaking into a vehicle in the Exchange District.
Wolson suggested Lavallee lied as many twenty-five (25) times during his sworn testimony.
After witnessing Lavallee’s direct and cross-examination, I considered Wolson’s assessment of Lavallee’s testimony to be generous. It wasn’t long after the cross-examination started that Lavallee was forced to disavow himself from many of the assertions he made during his direct evidence.
The Police hater was forced to admit he really wasn’t the quiet, polite, respectable man he suggested he was to Justice McKelvey. The real Henry Lavallee is a cop hating, confrontational man who likes to spit in Police Officers faces when he is frequently arrested. He was also forced to admit he grossly exaggerated claims that Police assault him and fail to read him his rights every time he gets arrested.
It didn’t stop there.
Lavalle cracked under cross-examination and admitted he called Constable Law a “bitch” at the time of his arrest. ”Maybe he is a bitch,” Lavallee said. ”Maybe you are too,” he said glaring at Wolson.
Credit Wolson’s skilled cross-examination for revealing the true nature of Constable Law’s accuser. A vile, aggressive, career criminal and habitual liar who was prepared to say anything to advance his cause. Henry Lavallee was a man who had nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Independent Crown Prosecutor Kerry UnRuh questioned why Lavallee would frame Constable Law for an injury he suffered before coming into Police custody? UnRuh suggested the defence theory was not credible and didn’t make sense.
If UnRuh truly believed what he said he’s either extraordinarily naive or lacks in “practical” experience.
The truth is, criminals like Lavallee make false accusations against Police Officers all the time. It’s part of their culture. The Law Enforcement Review agency has investigated hundreds of false allegations made against Police Officers since the Act (LERA) came into effect in 1985. The majority of complaints come from criminals looking to deflect responsibility for their own criminal behaviour.
In this case, UnRuh should have had the courage to stay the charges against Law the moment Lavallee stepped out of the witness-box. Not one person in that court room could have possibly believe a thing that came out of his rancid mouth.
The verdict in this case was never in doubt.
Now that the six (6) year ordeal is over, Constable Law should be cleared to resume full duties post-haste.