Doctor speaks out about arrest
Eight months after he was briefly arrested while on duty at Argenteuil hospital in Lachute, an ER doctor is speaking out about his experience.
At the time the story broke, it was alleged the doctor didn't want to collaborate with police on the nature of injuries to a two-month-old baby.
The doctor says that was not at all the case.
Dr. Jeffrey Sirzyk tells CJAD 800 he was never given a court order or any indication that the police were looking for information on a patient brought in on February 27th.
"The law first of all prevents me from saying anything without a court order, but the truth is they never asked me anything.," he says.
So it was a surprise to the doctor when that evening two SQ officers walked in and told him he was under arrest. But it was the manner in which they acted which he finds completely unacceptable.
"Within 29 seconds, he was throwing me up against the wall," he says of officer Michel El Khoury. "He never asked me a single question, in fact I was sitting down writing my notes when they walked in."
But Dr. Sirzyk says he didn't resist the arrest although he did not understand why this was happening to him.
"I notice that the nurses start to come around, and I think to myself if I make a move or try to resist, someone is going to get killed. So I don't resist as they keep me pinned against the wall for four minutes."
The doctor says he was then taken inside their patrol car and stayed there for fifteen minutes before finally being released. This whole time he says if something would have happened with one of his patients, there would have been no one there to help them.
"I was the only doctor working in the ER that night. What if something would have went wrong?" he wonders.
In the end the doctor was not charged but the story doesn't end there for him. He filed assault charges against the officers and an ethics complaint against the officer who he says was acting erratically. He says that until everything is resolved, he refuses to return to work.