Edmonton policeman accused of excess force against hockey fan cleared

EDMONTON – A disciplinary hearing has cleared an Edmonton police officer of using excessive force on a woman during a potential riot following a June 2006 NHL Oilers playoff game.

Const. Shane Connor, 28, had faced charges of discreditable conduct for striking Kristin Wilson and for swearing at her. The hearing’s presiding officer, Ian Atkins, says Connor did not violate Edmonton police policy when he head-stunned Wilson to get her under control.

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Connor had testified that he used reasonable force when he struck the handcuffed woman, who had been deemed an active resister.

Connor’s lawyer, Alex Pringle, says his client is pleased with the decision and wants to get back to work.

The constable, who was a Mountie before joining the Edmonton police, had previously been cleared of any criminal wrongdoing.