Montreal police badge number 728 back in the news
You may recall an incident earlier this year involving a Montreal police officer carrying badge number 7/28.
Her story made the rounds on the web last May, at the height of the student protests: a video posted on YouTube that showed officer 7/28, identified as Stephanie Trudeau, pepper-spraying protest onlookers who didn't appear to be a threat to her.
Last night, another video featuring Trudeau popped up on the internet. This one showed her in the midst of a violent takedown of two people after apparently seeing one of the men in public with a bottle of beer in his hands.
The attempted arrest quickly got out of hand, to a point where officer Trudeau felt compelled to issue a general call for police assistance.
About twenty police vehicles responded to the event in the Plateau area, Tuesday evening of last week.
The video of the take-down, and an audio recording of a later conversation between officer Trudeau and one of her superiors, were featured on a Radio-Canada television news story last evening. Montreal police reacted immediately by suspending Trudeau from operational duty pending an internal investigation of the latest incident.
There is now word of a public protest planned tomorrow evening against officer Trudeau at Place Emilie Gamelin, outside the UQAM Metro station.
Among the issues in last week's incident: the failure of the officer to control what should normally have been a benign incident - a man apparently drinking beer in public - as well as the arresting officer's extensive use of profanity during and immediately following the event.
Following the earlier incident involving the same officer, last spring, Trudeau was again briefly removed from operational duty, and has since been excused from working on any event involving a public protest or crowd-control situation.