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Peel police K9 cop faces assault costs in May 2021 arrest of alleged automotive thief

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Joe Warmington

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Jul 22, 2021  •  2 hours in the past  •  2 minute learn  •  19 Comments Peel Regional Police  Const. Kevin Arnem with partner Nitro Peel Regional Police Const. Kevin Arnem with accomplice Nitro Photo by Twitter /Peel Regional Police

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They couldn’t charge the police dog, so they charged the police officer.

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Suddenly the justice system has some teeth — not toward the person suspected of being impaired in what was being investigated as a stolen car, but on the cop responding to this potentially-dangerous call.

This one of those times were the fangs of justice bites the very hand that feeds it.

Or an example of the justice system going to the dogs!

Only in Canada can a man be found allegedly exiting an allegedly stolen car, but it’s the cop who ends up in trouble with the law.

“The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has reasonable grounds to believe that a Peel Regional Police officer committed criminal offences in the arrest of a 22-year-old man in Mississauga in May 2021. The SIU investigation determined that on May 5, 2021 at about 5 p.m., officers responded to a 911 call about a suspected impaired driver parked on Duval Drive. During the man’s arrest, he was seriously injured.”

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As a result, Peel cop “Const. Kevin Arnem has been charged with one count of assault causing bodily harm and one count of assault with a weapon.”

What the SIU release doesn’t tell you is that Arnem didn’t assault anybody, and the weapon they refer to is his police dog named Nitro.

It seems what happened here was that the suspect was bitten by the dog in his calf and required stitches.

A week later he was arrested in a similar circumstance by another K9 unit and different dogs.

While it’s hard to keep a leash on this suspect, the fact that a police dog took a chunk out of his leg has resulted in the officer being collared.

Boo hoo. It’s amazing how coddled alleged criminals are in this pandemic and period of time.

Sources tell me the suspect got out of the car quickly and startled both police and the dog, and there was concern for their safety.

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I know the SIU has a job to do and the officer will have his day in court, but it still seems like the justice system is barking up the wrong tree when it’s the police dogs and their handlers being charged.

Peel Police are not commenting since this is a SIU case, but the Peel Regional Police Association are and they’re not happy.

“The sad part about this is the officer involved and his canine partner did a terrific job in arresting someone on a serious crime and yet it is he who is facing charges,” said PRPA President Adrian Woolley.

“This whole thing is a waste of time but worse than that is the way the SIU release makes it seem the officer used a weapon when they know he is a canine operator.

“That they failed to explain it was careless, reckless and unfair.”

The crown should drop this case and get on to more important things than blaming a dog for being a dog.

The officer will make an appearance in Brampton court on Aug 13.

Officer Nitro was not available for comment.

Both are innocent until proven guilty.

Hopefully both will be back out there patrolling with PRP’s famous K9 unit soon.

Who knows, maybe they will even catch this suspect for a third time!

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