TORONTO — Three strikes and you’re out.
With just eight years on the force, Durham Regional Police Const. Craig Wiles has been fired from his job following his third Police Act conviction for roughing up members of the public — with his final victim being a mentally-ill black man.
What's truly amazing is that this rogue cop wasn't booted sooner.
"The extent of his misconduct was to such a degree that the suitability of Const. Wiles remaining an officer in this police service has been nullified," wrote retired York Regional Police deputy chief Terence Kelly in a decision released Dec. 5.
In 2007, just three years after graduation, Wiles assaulted a female prisoner. He was convicted criminally and suspended under the Police Act.
In 2011, after a dispute over a traffic stop in Oshawa, Ont., he slammed the head of driver Edward Gamble into the roof of his car, struck him repeatedly and then pepper-sprayed him.
"Wiles' conduct was unprofessional and he abused his authority. He performed an unnecessary arrest, which culminated in injury” significant enough for his transport to hospital," ruled the tribunal adjudicator at the time.
After this second conviction, the service wanted Wiles fired after outlining his shocking career history: He'd already been involved in four assault offences, been convicted criminally and been suspended and demoted for one year.
But instead of dismissal, he got a 15-month demotion.
It was during this very demotion period that he attacked yet another innocent member of the public. Last year, Wiles was convicted of discreditable conduct, excessive use of force and unnecessary exercise of authority in the bizarre takedown of a mentally ill man.