The president of Calgary’s police union who, along with another officer, is charged in an assault related to a traffic stop has a new lawyer.
Willie deWit was representing Sgt. Les Kaminski of the Calgary Police Association, but deWit was recently named a Court of Queen’s Bench justice.
Alain Hepner will take over as Kaminski’s defence counsel.
Kaminski is charged with assault with a weapon and perjury, while Const. Brant Derrick faces one count of assault causing bodily harm.
The case has been adjourned to April 20.
The charges stem from a 2008 traffic stop in downtown Calgary that ended in the arrest of Jason Arkinstall, who was charged with uttering threats against Derrick.
A provincial court judge acquitted Arkinstall in 2011 and said in his written decision that Kaminski and Derrick were not credible witnesses.
Kaminski became head of the 2,200-member police union earlier this year.
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