The BCCLA argued in the Supreme Court of Canada that the Calgary Police Services used excessive force and violated the “knock and announce” rule when its Tactical Enforcement Unit used a battering ram to break down Ms. Cornell’s door and charged in, officers’ guns drawn and faces covered by ski masks. The Supreme Court of Canada will determine whether these tactics ran afoul of Charter prohibitions against unreasonable search and seizure. The Court has reserved judgment.
The BCCLA is represented by Daniel Webster, Q.C. and Ryan Dalziel of Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP.