Homeless shelter worker suing two Longueuil police officers for brutality

Posted By: Kevin Gallagher · 11/26/2012 5:52:00 PM

Homeless shelter employee Rejan Cormier says his arm was broken and shoulder dislocated by two Longueuil police officers the morning of November 11th.

The officers were responding to a 9-1-1 suicide call coming from L'Abri de la Rive Sud shelter in Longueuil.

When the police arrived, Cormier told them the person they were looking for was not at the shelter.

"I told them three times," said Cormier.

The two officers then proceed to look for any files that may give them information to the person's whereabouts.

Cormier says the officers were going through sensitive and confidential files from the shelter. He allegedly told the officers to stop going through the files. It was then he says, the officers threw him to the floor, putting his left arm behind his back.

Chief Inspector Walter Rifiorati of the Longueuil Police says Cormier was interferring with the investigation and was placed under arrest.

"During the arrest the person (Cormier) injured his shoulder," said Chief Inspector Rifiorati.

Cormier now has metal plates in his arm and shoulder after the altercation and is suing the two officers in question. 

The SQ will investigate the incident. 

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  1. Carol posted on 11/27/2012 11:50 PM
    Did the police require a search warrant in this case? On the television interview, this elderly gentleman did not appear to be much of a physical threat. Was he armed with a gun or a knife? Mr. Cornmier injured his shoulder all by himself. He ended up in the hospital with metal plates inserted in his arm and shoulder. Something doesn't make sense here and you have to wonder how much this will cost the taxpayers of the Longueuil Agglomeration.
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