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Not guilty in officer assault

An Osoyoos woman accused of assaulting a police officer was found not guilty in Penticton court, Wednesday.

Fiona Munro was facing charges of wilfully resisting or obstructing a police officer and assaulting a peace officer, stemming from an incident on Sept. 28, 2013.

Judge Roy Dickey told court the incident arose out of a traffic stop by Const. Ian Patrick MacNeil, after Munro left the Sage Pub.

According to MacNeil's testimony, he had to pull her out of the car, when she wouldn't step out as requested.

As she was being restrained, she punched him in the right ear as well as elbowing him and donkey kicking him. She also yelled rape and called him a "chink."

During Munro's testimony, she said after recognizing the officer as MacNeil, she asked for another officer because she didn't trust him.

MacNeil had earlier said he called for another officer because she said he needed a warrant to enter her car.

Munro testified the officer grabbed her by the ankles and pulled her from the car and that her head was dragged on the ground.

She was then thrown face first on the hood of the car and said the officer hit her head three times on the hood. She was then placed in the rear of the police car, striking her head again.

Munro asked the second officer to review dashcam footage from the police cruiser, but there was no camera in the car. Photos taken later, however, showed bruising to her wrists, neck and arms.

Other witnesses said her shirt was dirty and pants ripped.

The judge said he didn't believe some of Munro's testimony, but that more occurred than was admitted by the officer. Furthermore, the extent of the bruising was somewhat consistent with Munro's evidence, as well as her request for the second officer to secure the camera.

The judge found Munro not gulty on both counts, telling her she was free to go.

Outside the courthouse, Munro shed a few tears and said she felt that justice had been served.

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