08/31/2015 16:29 EDT | Updated 08/31/2016 01:12 EDT

Alberta police officers not guilty of aggravated assault, 1 guilty of assault

MEDICINE HAT, Alta. — Three police officers in southeastern Alberta have been guilty of aggravated assault in an altercation with a man at a hotel bar.

Constables Robert Angstadt, David Hrycyk, and Marc Seiller work for the Medicine Hat police.

A judge acquitted the three after James Halcro was injured when taken into custody on Aug. 25, 2012.

But Angstadt was found guilty of assault and will be back in court on Nov. 8 for sentencing.

During the men's trial Angstadt's lawyer, Willie de Wit, said police officers simply can’t walk away from an arrest if the subject does not comply.

He told the court that Angstadt followed his training to a T and if he is found guilty, police training all across Canada will be forced to change.

Seiller testified when he arrived on scene, Angstadt and Hyrcyk were wrestling with Halcro on the ground. Seiller said he didn’t see either constable strike Halcro.

Seiller told court he did not kick Halcro, nor did he strike him with his legs or knees.

Three witnesses testified they saw Seiller kick James Halcro. One testified that she saw Seiller kick Halcro in the face.


The Canadian Press