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“He (O’Mara) was not a believable witness and I reject his evidence, particularly that which relates directly to his use of force and the reasons for it.”
DePoe also took issue with the fact the police Professional Standards Branch didn’t become involved in the incident until nearly two months after the fact.
“Any investigation of a civilian committing a similar assault, in similar circumstances, and reported by an eyewitness … would be commenced much more promptly — within hours very likely,” DePoe said.
O’Mara remains on active duty in an administrative capacity, Edmonton police spokeswoman Cheryl Voordenhout said in an email. “An officer’s duty status is typically reviewed at the conclusion of the judicial process.”
Postmedia was unable to reach Jephtas-Crail for comment.