Edmonton Police Service Constable Mike Wasylyshen, the son of former Edmonton Police Chief Bob Wasylyshen, needs to take a serious look in the mirror. He’s just sued CBC Television for $100,000 for defamation over their reporting of his illustrious career.
The suit shouldn’t last long. Probably ten seconds in front of a judge would be my bet.
The Truth is a defense against charges of defamation.
Constable Mike Wasylyshen is, just like the CBC reported, a cop with a record for assault. The CBC didn’t make it up.
They merely reported the facts of Constable Wasylyshen’s own personal history.
In 2002 he tasered a drunken, passed-out teenager 8 times in 68 seconds. Wasylyshen claims it was only 6 times, but according to the agreed statement of evidence in the Law Enforcement Review Board decision, the taser recorded the trigger being pulled 8 times.
He was charged with unnecessary use of force, along with three counts of insubordination for [alleged] violations of police procedure.
Naturally, Constable Wasylyshen maintains it was a legitimate use of force.
Guess that passed-out drunken teenager presented too grave a danger to “officer safety” although for the life me I can’t imagine how that’s possible.
But hey, I wasn’t there and the [alleged] thug with the badge, gun and taser was. He clearly knows better, right? Right.
In 2007 he was charged with three counts of assault and two counts of uttering threats relating to a 2005 incident.
He was finally convicted of assault in 2009 for the “Dec, 18, 2005 off-duty incident on Whyte Avenue where he drunkenly punched a man on crutches he called a ‘cripple,’ and threatened to burn down the home of a security guard who helped him.”
Now that sounds like the kind of guy I want on a police force.
The awesome thing about our ongoing double-standard when it comes to cops breaking the law is this:
Constable Wasylyshen never served a day in jail, he’s still a cop with a badge, gun and presumably a taser, and all he had to do was pay a fine of $500.
If that had been you or me we’d still be in prison.
NOTE: If you want some interesting reading and insight into the character of Edmonton Police Service Constable Mike Wasylyshen read the Law Enforcement Review Board Decision 025-2009. I found paragraphs 16 thru 19, as well as paragraphs 24, 27, 28 and 29 very… interesting.