An Alberta, Canada, provincial court judge said the only thing RCMP Const. Brendon Plamondon is guilty of is "not using enough force" when he arrested a 15-year-old girl, reports CBC News.
Judge Ferne LeReverend acquitted Plamondon of assault.
Plamondon responded to reports of teenage girls setting fires on a residential street. The three girls started to walk away as he approached, and he ordered them to stop, but one refused and instead insulted him.
He ordered the girl, who weighs about 100 pounds, to get her hands out of her pockets. She refused, and he approached her with handcuffs. A one-minute, 12-second physical struggle ensued that the judge described as "ugly."
However, she said, "the viewing cannot be taken alone. All surrounding circumstances must be considered."
Even with blood pouring down her face from hitting the ground, the girl admitted she kept verbally abusing the constable.
The judge said, "The accused at no time used excessive force. If he is guilty of anything, it is of not using enough force, thus prolonging the event."
Plamondon has been suspended with pay since January. The constable's future is still under review and he may have to face a disciplinary board.