Calgary Police Video Shows Officer Throw Handcuffed Woman to the Ground Face First

A court in Calgary, Canada, has been shown video of a police officer slamming a handcuffed woman face first into the floor.

The footage, filmed inside a police station, was released during the trial of constable Alex Dunn, who is accused of causing bodily harm after arresting Dalia Kafi in 2017.

The video shows Dunn escorting Kafi into the station on December 13 of that year. He is seen pointing to the spot where the handcuffed suspect should wait to have her photo taken.

She stands on the spot, with her back against the wall. He then approaches her and attempts to remove a scarf from her head. She can be seen pulling away from the officer before she is thrown to the floor.

Several more officers appear shortly afterwards followed by a paramedic. Blood is visible on the floor.

According to Global News, the officer was suspended with pay after being charged in 2019, but he has since returned to work with the Calgary Police Service.

The department told the news site Dunn was reinstated on "non-operational functions" after his court case was delayed due to coronavirus.

On Monday, his trial began with three witnesses called by prosecutor Ryan Pollard.

Staff sergeant Gordon Macdonald, who was in charge of the arrest processing unit on the day of the alleged assault, described Dunn's actions as a "judo-style throw."

"There's only one type of sound when somebody's bone hits the floor and that's what I heard," Macdonald said in court, according to CBC. "I advised him [Dunn] that it was the worst use of force that I had seen."

Kafi was 26 years old at the time of her arrest and had been detained on suspicion of breaching a curfew. She required surgery for a broken nose and stitches for a split lip after the incident.

Dunn, 34, said during the trial that he believed Kafi had removed her handcuffs and that he did not intend to throw her to the ground face first.

Defence lawyer Cory Wilson asked the officer whether he intended to throw her to the ground face-first or to cause her harm, to which he replied "no."

Dunn described his actions as a "dynamic takedown," adding: "Her hand had come up and wrapped around my hand. I immediately said to her, and excuse my language, your honour, 'What the f***, you're supposed to be in handcuffs.'"

He said once she was on the ground he did not need to use any more force.

"I had succeeded in what I had intended to do," he said. "I advised her, 'Don't grab the police.'"