Police chief issues apology for Officer 728's actions
Montreal Police Officer 728 has been suspended pending an investigation after another violent videotaped incident involving the officer.
She was recently recorded aggressively arresting a man whose initial crime was drinking a beer in public.
During the student crisis last spring, she was recorded pepper-spraying students in a video that became a viral sensation.
At a hastily called news conference Thursday afternoon, Montreal police chief Marc Parent told reporters that Officer 728, identified as Stéfanie Trudeau, who was initially disarmed and transferred to administrative duty, has also been suspended.
Parent also made a point of apologizing, right off the top, for Trudeau's actions.
"I would like to apologize to the citizens on my behalf and on behalf of the employees of the SPVM," Parent said.
Video and audio recording of last week's botched police intervention in the Plateau featured several rants where Trudeau, using very coarse language, singled out students, artists, musicians, and even Plateau residents.
Such attitudes and language, Parent says, don't belong on his force.
"This is not what we want to hear from our police officers. It is not based on our values."
The investigation underway includes an administrative probe to determine if Trudeau's superiors should have detected any behavioral issues with Officer 728.
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