Orillia, ONT — In early April roughly two years ago, 48-year-old Maria “Tonie” Farrell was leaving work in her Tim Horton’s regalia, when she heard the cries of a woman being attacked behind a nearby convenience store. She immediately ran to the woman’s defense as a man punched the victim and took off.
After a short time, Sgt. Russ Watson of the Ontario Provincial police showed up on scene, alone. Mrs. Farrell attempted to show the sergeant the direction the alleged perpetrator took, trying to be helpful as grannies are wont to do. In reaction, Sgt. Watson did what any good officer would and told her to “shut the fuck up” before needlessly and brutally attacking her — because grandmothers are terrifying and must be handled with extreme prejudice.
Watson reportedly karate kicked Farrell in the leg before sucker punching her in the face. Once she was down, he kept her down with a knee in the back. Leg dangling and in extreme pain, Farrell was then handcuffed and loaded into the back of Watson’s cruiser.
For his part, Sgt. Watson claims Farrell *gasp* poked at him! And maybe she was drunk and rowdy! Yeah! That’s it! Then, when he went to perform his sacred duty of arresting someone for poking him, she had the audacity to resist. What’s a raging keeper of the peace to do?!
In court, Justice George Beatty shot down Watson’s whole story. And insulted him, which is a nice touch I find. Judge Beatty told the court that, rather than this being a disorderly woman being subdued, this was a woman who only tried to help being attacked by someone “controlling” and “large and powerfully built”. He told them how she wound up with a broken leg, a crushed knee, a lost tooth, as well as back and neck injuries. How she’s been left crippled and unable to work, and unable to afford her rent. He pointed out how the officer made no attempt to explain her extreme injuries, and made no record of his punching her despite her obvious injuries and his obvious lack. It’s not that she’s not deadly, it’s just that he’s really Bruce Lee.
So, this woman goes to help another human being who’s being attacked, and she winds up with worse injuries, inflicted on her by an officer of the law. Safe communities, indeed OPP.
And this guy hasn’t been charged because? Oh… because the SIU found no reason to, despite the extent of Maria Farrell’s incredible injuries and Watson’s refusal to even turn over his notes from the encounter.Tags: Assault, Maria Farrell, Ontario, Orillia, Sgt. Russ Watson