Conditional sentence for former Barrie cop who assaulted young man riding a skateboard

Court heard then-officer Stamp accused the man of jaywalking because he skateboarded through a red light

A judge handed down a conditional sentence to an ex-Barrie police officer in court on Monday for assaulting a man who had been skateboarding downtown in February 2021.

Earlier in the day, Jason Stamp pleaded guilty to assault.

The Barrie Police Service also announced that Stamp resigned from the force on Jan. 27, 2023.

The judge agreed to a joint submission from the defence and the Crown that the former cop should receive a six-month conditional sentence with no jail time.

As part of the sentencing, Stamp is to have no contact with the victim, who is now 22 years old, and he must undergo counselling and is banned from owning weapons for five years.

Court heard the victim swore at Stamp after being told he had committed the offence of jaywalking for going through a red light on his skateboard.

The violent arrest was videotaped by some members of the public and was posted to social media.

Police were made aware of the arrest on Feb. 4, 2021, and then-Barrie Police Chief Kimberley Greenwood requested the assistance of the Ontario Provincial Police for the purpose of ensuring an independent investigation.

In April of that year, the OPP charged Stamp with assault and assault with a weapon.

In a news release on Monday, police said Stamp resigned from the Barrie Police Service last Friday.

“Our officers are held to the highest standards of professionalism and conduct in carrying out their duties,” said Chief Rich Johnston in the news release. “We share the community’s concern when any police officer is involved in a situation that negatively impacts the public trust and thank everyone for their patience as this case made its way through the justice system.”