[First 3 paras herefrom] Tonie Farrell is a grandmother, and the sort of person who posts messages on her Facebook page that say, "be an encourager. The world has enough critics already." So why was she beaten and permanently maimed by an Ontario Provincial Police officer when she'd stopped to help a mugging victim?
That's the question she and her lawyer, Angela McLeod, are trying to answer after a judge this month issued a blistering judgement against OPP Sergeant Russell Watson, saying his attack on the 49-year-old caused "catastrophic injuries."
Ironically, the judge issued his statement while categorically dismissing charges of obstructing a police officer laid against Ms. Farrell by Sgt. Watson.
I consulted the dictionary entry for 'irony' but remain mystified. Even without para 3, para 2 already discusses the judge's castigation of Sgt Watson, which implies the judge's rejection of Sgt Watson's charge against Ms Farrell. So what in para 3 could be possibly be ironic?