William Berry outside the Red Deer Courthouse in 2012 during a one-man protest against his treatment at the courthouse.

Red Deer man receives settlement after courthouse incident with sheriffs

Force used against him was deemed excessive and unjustified

A Red Deer man who launched a lawsuit after he was forcibly pushed toward the exit at the local courthouse has reached a settlement.

William Berry, 57, told The Advocate by email on Monday that he is somewhat satisfied with the settlement, however he remains disappointed in the judicial system and the entire handling of the matter since his ordeal began in 2011.

He cannot reveal the details of the settlement that was reached recently. He had originally sued the Province of Alberta and five people for $1.5 million.

Berry, a throat cancer survivor, is mute, partially deaf and must breathe through a tube in his neck.


– Investigation reveals unjustified force used

– It was a simple mistake to go in wrong door

Assault charges against courthouse sheriff stayed

The lawsuit followed an incident on Dec. 9, 2011, when Berry inadvertently entered the Red Deer Courthouse through an exit door instead of going through the security passage. He had gone to the courthouse to pay a traffic ticket.

Despite his disability, he was pushed, grabbed and placed in a bear hug as sheriffs tried to drag him from the courthouse. His breathing tube was dislodged during the incident.

Later, an investigation by the Solicitor General’s Law Enforcement and Oversight Professional Standards Unit found that excessive and unnecessary force was used by Sheriff Thomas Bounds.

Berry filed a charge of aggravated assault against Bounds — one of the people named in the lawsuit — but the Crown stayed the charge. By 2013, Bounds was no longer employed by the provincial government.


Just Posted

Accused murderer tells all to Mr. Big undercover officer

Joshua Frank tells undercover police officer he shot the Klaus family

Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre prepares to open

Non-profit will run the facility and agencies will provide staff

A slow economic recovery isn’t yet loosening Central Alberta’s tight job market

Job-seekers at Red Deer fair say there are still few openings

Rocky Mountain House man arrested for child luring

A 30-year-old Rocky Mountain House man was arrested after allegedly having explicit… Continue reading

Parkinson association will close offices but maintain services

Offices closing in Red Deer, Medicine Hat and Lethbridge

WATCH: Central Middle School students’ Christmas tree

A group of Central Middle School students are set to show off… Continue reading

Red Deerian honours her brother who died in a motorcycle collision

Houaida Haddad is encouraging Red Deer residents to donate blood

Red Deer County firefighters to be recognized for Waterton help

RCMP brass will give formal recognition Monday

Ron James tries to lighten humanity’s load through humour

The comedian returns to Red Deer for shows Dec. 1 and 2

100+ Women Red Deer donate to Christmas Bureau

About $14,000 will help with Christmas hampers and toys

Semi collides with vehicle on Highway 2 north of Ponoka

Members of the Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit dealt with a call on Highway 2 north of Ponoka

After 70 years, Red Deer veteran still remembers his traumatic war experience

Frank Krepps feels lucky to have survived the Second World War

Merritt Mountie charged with assault

Charges are in relation to an incident in May at the detachment, B.C. Prosecution Service said

Blackfalds RCMP arrest “armed and dangerous” man

A 38-year-old man, who police identified as armed and dangerous, was arrested… Continue reading

Most Read

Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month