An RCMP officer has been given a conditional discharge after assaulting a teenager during an arrest in Warman last February.
Corporal Dean Flaman pleaded guilty to assault after court heard he punched and choked the teenager who was being handcuffed while responding to a call of vehicle thefts in the community.
The defense said Flaman had responded to a fatal crash and a teen suicide in the days and hours before the assault and overreacted.
A judge at Saskatoon Provincial Court said discharging Flaman would not be against public interest.
Crown prosecutor Bill Burge argued that Flaman was in a position of trust and abused the position when he attacked the teenager.
“For that reason, we opposed the discharge,” said Burge. “Now Corporal Flaman came to court with a good reputation and he had support from the community – which was evidenced by the letters that were provided to the court. So obviously, there’s a balancing function the court had to do here.”
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Flaman’s lawyer, Brad Mitchell, believes Flaman is more likely to keep his job with a discharge instead of a conviction.
“It’s been made clear from the letters of support and the facts of this case, this was an isolated incident,” said Mitchell. “This is a good police office that had a day that I don’t think anyone would deal with very well.”
In the conditional discharge, Flaman will need to report to a probation officer and make an apology to the victim.
Flaman’s lawyer says the officer is remorseful and hopes the discharge will allow him to keep his job.