Two men assaulted while handcuffed during arrest; officer charged and convicted


Incident Title
Two men assaulted while handcuffed during arrest; officer charged and convicted
Incident ID
Incident Description
In the early morning of December 15, 2008, Lauchlin Torry and Jean-Marc Viau were pulled over by Constable Haoyin Zheng during a vehicle stop near 145 Street and 104 Avenue. Torry and Viau were ordered out of the truck, which was later found to have been stolen. Police searched the men and found a piece of a coat hanger in Torry’s back pocket. While being handcuffed and put into the back of the police car, Torry and Viau report that they were beaten by Zheng.

Torry testified in court that Zheng yelled at him, called him a “druggie”, and punched him on the cheek. During the trial, Constable Brad Stiksma testified that he heard Torry yell for help and noticed a fresh red scrape on his chin. Earlier in the trial, Viau testified that he was sitting handcuffed in the back of the police cruiser when Zheng leaned in, struck him with a flashlight three times, and repeatedly punched him in the head. After reporting pain in his ribs, Viau was taken to the hospital following the arrest. Viau was treated for bruising and was later released from the hospital.

Zheng was charged with two counts of assault and one count of assault with a weapon in the alleged beating of Lauchlin Torry and Jean-Marc Viau. The judge ruled that Zheng used excessive force against Viau and he was found guilty of assault, receiving a conditional discharge, 12 months probation, and restriction to administrative duties. Zheng would later be convicted of another assault charge in an on-duty incident from 2010 and would resign from the Edmonton Police Service.
Incident Date
Incident City
Incident Neighbourhood
Type of Abuse
Physical violence
Injuries Incurred
Pain in the ribs
Weapon used
Victim Gender
Victim Sexual Orientation
Not listed
Authority Involved
Edmonton Police Service
Officer Name
Haoyin Zheng
Officer Badge Number
Submission Source
External Database Import
Submission Source Affiliation
Alberta Police Misconduct Database
Submission Source Link
Additional Details
APMD original incident ID: i-ztOr9zBCckTb7M
Multimedia Type
Archive Publication Date
August 9, 2022
Archive Last Update
August 9, 2022
Alberta Police Misconduct Database
From published source
Complaint Resolution
Officer Zheng was convicted of assault and sentenced to probation.