Cornwall Ontario – For several years now this newspaper has struggled with the CCPS for more transparency and more disclosure.
Unlike forces in Kingston they refuse to give out a breakdown of calls of service. They begrudgingly now give out a total of calls for the day although there are days they don’t report any crime still. They didn’t even report to the public when a submachine gun was stolen from the armoury in Cornwall.
This was their release which we may not have even had if not for CFN breaking the story the day before.
POSSESSION OF A WEAPON FOR A DANGEROUS PURPOSE
Cornwall, ON – Andrew Bourbonnais, 35, of Cornwall was arrested on September 9th, 2018 and charged with possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose. It is alleged on September 9th, 2018 the man was acting in an aggressive manor while carrying a large sword in the area of Brookdale Avenue. Police were contacted and an investigation ensued. During the investigation, the man refused to cooperate after being instructed to drop the sword and was subsequently tased. The man was taken into custody, charged accordingly and held for a bail hearing.
However the video and photos tell a very different story.
People have died from being tazed and of course there is the emotional damage, especially to someone with what appears to be clear mental illness issues, for being tazed.
While most people would agree the safety of the public and police officers is tantamount, why write a blotter entry that clearly appears to not be accurate? Why not contact the SIU? CFN confirmed that the SIU were not contacted about this incident via CCPS voice Stephanie Macrae?
Again, weapons on the ground, hand on hip, and surely distressed by the amount of officers present with weapons aimed at him. Is it any wonder why so many in Cornwall are suggesting its time for the city to ask the OPP to take over policing? Is there not training on mental health issues for officers? After all, this isn’t Texas.
Cory Arial shot the videos in this story and there are over 150 comments on his social media page with many asking similar questions to this story? How could a mentally ill man be tazed with the weapons on the ground when officers are trained how to immobilize subjects without hurting them or putting anyone in harm’s way?
From Mr. Arial:
…I want him to know I wanna help him he didnt deserve it yes his original actions wasn’t safe but he dropped his weapon he didnt deserve it cops think the badge means do what you want that is why we have laws…
For Andrew Bourbonnais instead of being in hospital he’s attending a bail hearing only this morning, four days after the event. Word is that he may be getting one of Cornwall’s most talented law firms to rep him as this evolves.
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Photos and video by Cory Arial