Halifax cop caught on video found guilty of assaulting homeless man

A Halifax Regional Police officer’s punch to the face of an intoxicated, homeless man in February 2015 was “an excessive use of force,” a judge said Wednesday in finding him guilty of assault causing bodily harm.

“It was neither proportionate, nor reasonable, nor necessary,” Judge Laurel Halfpenny-MacQuarrie said of Const. Gary Basso’s strike to the head of Patrice Simard.

In a lengthy decision delivered in Halifax provincial court, the judge rejected Basso’s testimony that he acted in self-defence after Simard, who was on his knees, punched him on the left thigh and was coming at him with his arms extended.

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