Lawyer questions accused triple-murderer's 'perp walk'

Douglas Garland is escorted by Calgary Police Service detectives to the arrest processing unit in...

Douglas Garland is escorted by Calgary Police Service detectives to the arrest processing unit in Calgary, Alta., on Monday July 14, 2014. Mike Drew/Calgary Sun/QMI Agency

Kevin Martin, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:02 PM ET

Marching triple murder suspect Douglas Garland past media cameras is “not far” from putting him in stocks, a member of the Calgary Criminal Defence Lawyers Association says.

Alan Pearse, chairman of the policing committee of the CDLA, sent a letter to Chief Rick Hanson complaining of the incident.

Pearse, who does not act for Garland, suggested the so-called “perp walk” was intended to humiliate the accused killer.

“This is not far from putting an arrestee in stocks in a public square and letting the public throw rotting vegetables at him,” Pearse wrote.

“It is an intentional public shaming and a humiliation that has no place in a system that respects the presumption of innocence and the basic rights of an accused person.”

Garland was arrested Monday and charged with three counts of murder in the mysterious disappearance of a Calgary couple and their young grandson.

 


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