Police officer demoted after threatening homeless man: sources

The Montreal police officer at the centre of a controversial video involving a homeless man has been demoted by the police service.

A passerby took the video showing the man wearing only shorts and a t-shirt on a day when the windchill approached -40.

The officer is shown pointing his finger at the man, telling him he is going to tie him to a pole if he doesn't go inside.

He had been a senior constable, but sources tell CJAD he lost his senior ranking.

Montreal police would only say the officer has been disciplined, but by law, they aren't able to say how.

Dominique Peschard of the League of Rights and Freedoms says there needs to be more transparency in these kinds of cases.

"In terms of an internal administrative procedure, which is not accountable, it is not made public," Peschard said. "It's not going to increase the confidence from the public and given the fact also that police can get off the hook."

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  1. clint posted on 01/08/2014 08:52 AM
    Whatever decision is rendered.....maybe the officer should do some community work in a homeless shelter.
  2. David Maye posted on 01/08/2014 09:56 AM
    I believe this decision on the Police Officer was much too harsh. Yeah, he shouldn't have said what he did. How about the comments former Premier Jacques Parizeau made after losing the election? That was ok?
  3. jawnie posted on 01/08/2014 12:33 PM
    I wish the whole conversation was on video not just the selected few seconds of what was said, Why was this guy out in the cold in the first place and what happened after the video ended, and did this officer and the guy have run ins in the past?
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