The trial for the alleged assault by Kelowna RCMP officer Siggy Pietrzak continued Thursday. The defence called on a retired Vancouver police officer and training supervisor to take the stand.
In the May 2020 incident, officers responded to the call of an intoxicated man. Two officers were first dispatched to the scene and Pietrzak was called for backup.
The arrest was caught on video and partial footage of the incident appears to show Tyler Russell struggling with two officers before a third officer runs up and strikes him repeatedly.
Pietrzak appears to be throwing punches in what was called a violent arrest. Pietrzak is accused of one count of assault on Russell.
Brad Fawcett is a use of force expert and testified on the hits used by Pietrzak in the 2020 incident.