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Jeffrey Norman was the subject of an investigation by the Unit Independent Investigation Commission in Manitoba in 2019. (File photo)


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A Winnipeg police officer with an alleged history of misconduct faces a new lawsuit. The plaintiff accuses the latter of police brutality during an illegal arrest.

In a legal action filed in Court from King's Bench on Wednesday, Leo Lafreniere alleges that Jeffrey Norman used a stun gun on him and unlawfully arrested him on October 1, 2022.

That day, Leo Lafreniere was riding his electric bicycle when police officer Jason Chymyshyn stopped him and asked him to show his driver's license and vehicle registration.

According to court documents, Jeffrey Norman arrived at the scene a short time later in another vehicle.

Leo Lafreniere asked the two officers why he was arrested and why he had to present this information.

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He alleges that Jason Chymyshyn told him it was a simple traffic stop and when he refused again, the two officers told him they were going to place him under arrest for obstruction.

The police then took him to the ground and Jeffrey Norman used a stun gun on him several times.

None of these allegations have been proven in court to date and no defense brief has been filed so far.

According to the lawsuit, Jeffrey Norman also placed his knee on Leo Lafreniere's groin.

The plaintiff did not issue any threats or use physical force at any time, we can read in the Court document.

Leo Lafreniere alleges that the police searched his backpack upon his arrest and seized $500, an amount which was never refunded to him.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">He faced one charge of resisting arrest and four traffic violations. All of these offenses were suspended by the Crown, according to the prosecution.

Leo Lafreniere claims he had been illegally arrested and placed in police detention by force for unfounded reasons and that he had the right not to comply with the requests of the police.

He adds that following his arrest, he suffered injuries such as scars from the electric gun and that he suffers from back pain, psychological fear of the police and post-stress disorder. -traumatic.

Leo Lafreniere also alleges that his rights are guaranteed by the Charter and claims general, punitive, exemplary damages and aggravated in an amount to be determined by the Court.

Jeffrey Norman is named in three other legal proceedings which accused of police brutality. He was the subject of an investigation by the Manitoba Independent Investigation Unit in 2019.

With information from Kristin Annable

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116