Punishment has been handed down to a Prince Albert police officer convicted of assaulting an Aboriginal woman who was in custody at the time.
Cst. Michael Ozar pressed his boot against the back of the woman’s head in October of 2010.
She had been brought in on a charge of intoxication and was scuffling with a guard on the floor when the offense occurred.
The incident was captured on video — however, the judge said he couldn’t tell whether there was any forceful contact between the officer’s foot and the woman’s head.
Ozar later pleaded guilty to the charge in provincial court, and was granted an absolute discharge in that case.
But the Prince Albert Police Service now says Ozar has been suspended for 160 hours without pay, given a reprimand and placed on one year’s probation.
He will return to duty at the end of the suspension.