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Const. Taylor Robinson suspended for 6 days for shoving woman on Vancouver street

11/28/2014 01:30 EST | Updated 01/28/2015 05:59 EST
A Vancouver police officer has been given a six-day suspension for pushing a woman in the city's Downtown Eastside to the ground in June of 2010.

In a case that gained notoriety after a video of the incident surfaced, Const. Taylor Robinson was shown shoving Sandy Davidsen — who suffers from multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy — to the ground as she tried to cut between three police officers on the street.

In what the adjudicator on the case, former B.C. attorney general Wally Oppal, called a "callous and reckless" decision, Const. Robinson did not help Davidsen back to her feet.

In giving his decision, Oppal noted that Robinson had only been on the police force for six months at the time of the incident, and that this fact, along with Taylor's remorse over his actions, were mitigating factors in determining the length of the suspension given.

However, the fact that Robinson did not help Davidsen up off the ground was, Oppal said, "callous and reckless," He also called the two-day suspension called for by Robinson's lawyers "inadequate."

Lawyers for Davidsen had called for a 15-day suspension.

A six-day suspension was a more appropriate sanction, Oppal said.

Robinson was charged with assault in Dec. 2010 following a public outcry over the incident, but the charge was later stayed and Robinson was ordered to complete an alternative measures program.

After an investigation by the New Westminster Police Department in 2012, which concluded the video clearly demonstrated abuse of authority and neglect of duty, it was recommended that Vancouver police take greater disciplinary action against Robinson.

Robinson said in a written apology to Davidsen that he thought she was reaching for his weapon, and that he regrets not helping her off the ground after pushing her down.

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