Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Calgary Police Association Votes to Keep Officer Facing Charges as Boss

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Calgary Police Association Votes to Keep Officer Facing Charges as Boss

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Police union votes to keep Kaminski as leader

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CALGARY - An officer facing assault and perjury charges will stay on as boss of Calgary's police union.

Calgary Police Association vice president Mike Lomore says a majority of members voted to keep Sgt. Les Kaminski as president.

Lomore declined to provide a breakdown of the vote.

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team, the province's police watchdog, announced charges last week against Kaminski and another officer, Const. Brant Derrick, who is accused of assault causing bodily harm.

The charges stem from a 2008 traffic stop in downtown Calgary that resulted in the arrest of Jason Arkinstall, who was charged with uttering threats against Derrick and acquitted in 2011.

The allegations against the officers have not been proven in court. …

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